Having once championed PeterGreenaway, Derek Jarman and John Maybury, the British Film Institute (BFI) islaunching back into film sales at next month's Berlin market after acquiringall worldwide rights to two films.
The institute's salesdivision, which has not represented new films since Maybury's acclaimed 1998debut Love Is The Devil, has picked up rights to African civil war dramaThe Night of Truth and Australian-based director Paul Cox's HumanTouch.
Heading sales at thedivision are film sales manager John Flahive, a BFI veteran, and film salesconsultant Karena Weekes, who previously worked as director of sales in theLondon office of Summit Entertainment, which is handling Maybury's latest, TheJacket.
The BFI was a champion ofBritish independent cinema before its production activities were subsumed byGovernment-backed support body the UK Film Council. The institute's erstwhileproduction wing produced Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract,Jarman's Caravaggio and Maybury's Love Is The Devil.
Since scrapping in-houseproduction, the sales arm has handled catalogue licensing. Other recentadditions to the sales roster include four Alex Cox features, including Straightto Hell and Highway Patrolman.