Firaaq, the directorial debut by revered Indian actress Nandita Das, has been sold to the Middle East. Distributor Daxar Multimedia Limited has snapped up all rights to The Middle East to the film from sales agent Wide Management while Suraya has taken Malaysian, Indonesian, Singaporean and Vietnamese TV rights.

Another Wide Management title, That Should Not Be, a documentary about organic food, has been sold to Spanish outfit, Eurocine Contraplano.

Meanwhile, Wide has just picked up Robber Girls, produced by Iraq-born producer Samir of Swiss production outfit Dschoint Ventschr and directed by Carla Lia Monti. Wide describes the film as a John Waters-style 'freaky fable set in the undeterminable past.'

Wide is also the sales agent of the new gay feature Give Me Your Hand, produced by Nicolas Breviere of Local Films and directed by Pascal-Alex Vincent. The film will be in competition this month in the Turin Film Festival.


Cinema Management Group's Edward Noeltner has closed key sales on the $10m 3D CGI animated feature Zambezia.

Rights have gone to Televisa for Mexico, RCV for Benelux, VC Multimedia for Portugal, Vision Film for Poland, Film Pop for Turkey and Front Row Entertainment for the Middle East.

Zambezia centres on a bird city threatened by egg-eating lizards. Wayne Thornley directed and Stuart Forrest and Vanessa Sinden served as producers.


Leonidas Films is at AFM touting the Adam Mason psychological thriller Blood River starring Andrew Howard, Ian Duncan and Tess Panzer. Epic Pictures is selling the tale of a seemingly happy married couple whose marriage slowly begins to disintegrate.

Mason co-wrote the story with Simon Boyes, his collaborator on The Devil's Chair and Broken. Leonidas' first production was the thriller The Pleasure Drivers starring Lauren Holly, Angus MacFayden, Billy Zane and Meatloaf.


Imagi Studios has sold Astro Boy to Golden Harvest for Hong Kong and up-and-coming distributor Enlight Media for China. The film is scheduled for US release Oct 2009 with a simultaneous release anticipated for these two territories as well. Imagi is selling the film for Hong Kong, China and Japan, while Summit is handling the rest of the world.


Early in the market, London-based sales outfit Celsius has closed a deal on Ben Sombogaart's Crusade: A March Through Time with China. The film, about a mixed-up 21st century teenager stranded in the Great Children's crusade of the 13th Century, has been picked up by Focus Cultural Media Co. Now, Crusade will be given a theatrical release in China under the quota system.

Meanwhile, Freakonomics, another title on Celsius' AFM slate, is now shooting. Morgan Spurlock's segment of the project, which will have multiple directors, is now in production. The documentary is based around the provocative, best-selling book by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt which questions conventional wisdom about such issues as abortion, teen crime, prostitution and sumo wrestling. The idea is for six different directors to tackle a different 'big' idea from the book.


Voracious German sales outfit Beta Cinema has taken international rights to the Dutch box office hit, Bride Flight directed by Dutch director Ben Sombogaart.

Bride Flight, previously handled by High Point, was released in Holland last month by A-Film on 94 screens, racking up 100,000 admissions in its first week and grossing 1.2 million Euros within a fortnight. All rights outside Benelux are available excluding Australia, where the film will be released by Hopscotch.

The film was put together by the team behind Oscar nominee Twin Sisters. Both films are produced by Hanneke Niens, and Anton Smit of IDTV Film, directed by Ben Sombogaart and written by Marieke van der Pol.

Bride Flight was inspired by the Last Great Air Race from London to Christchurch in October 1953. The KLM flight, nicknamed the 'bride flight,' won the race carried mostly Dutch women immigrants on their way to New Zealand to live with their fiances already settled in their new country.