UK-based sales company TheWorks International has announced a successful run of deals at AFM, with moreto be finalised in coming days.
Roger Michell's Venus starring Peter O'Toole has been sold to Icon forAustralia and New Zealand, A-Film for Benelux, Alfa for Argentina, LPR forBrazil, Forum Film for Israel and Golem for Spain. Miramax will release in theUS next month and BVI will handle the UK release in early 2007.
Shane Meadows' This IsEngland, the jury prize winner inRome, has sold to Madman for Australia and New Zealand with several other dealsexpected to close by the end of the AFM. Optimum has UK rights.
UK comedy Scenes Of ASexual Nature, directed by Ed Blumand starring an ensemble cast including Ewan McGregor and Sophie Okonedo, soldto Madman for Australia and New Zealand, Bir for Turkey, Shapira for Israel,SPI for Poland, Russian Report for CIS, and Prisvideo for Portugal.
Sarah Gavron's Brick Lane, now in post-production, was sold to Diaphana forFrance.
The Works' slate alsoincludes Ragnar Bragasson's Reykjavik-set drama Children, which competed in San Sebastian and is Iceland'ssubmission for the foreign-language Oscar race. That film had its marketpremiere Sunday and also screens Tuesday.