Buyers have been lapping up Neil Marshall's gorefest TheDescent, one of many new British horror films being touted at last month'sCannes market.

After screening footage to buyers early in the festival,Pathe Pictures International (PPI) clinched deals with Avex in Japan, SquareOne Entertainment in Germany, Vertigo in Spain, CDE Videa in Italy, Svensk forScandinavia, ABLO/Quality Films for Latin America, Luxor for CIS, Korea Screenin Korea, Prooptiki for Greece, ex-Yugoslavia, Romania and Bulgaria, Festivefor Singapore and Malaysia, Major Cinepictures in Thailand, Pioneer in thePhillippines, PT Amero/Multi-Vista in Indonesia, Four Star for the Middle East,Pasatiempo/Bonton for Czech Republic, and Myndform in Iceland. PPI is currentlyin negotiation on North America and France.

Meanwhile, BIM Distribuzione SRL picked up Stephen Frears' MrsHenderson Presents (also on Pathe's Cannes slate) for Italy, with Singaporegoing to Festive and Iceland to Myndform.

In further Cannes deals, Luxor picked up the rights to NeilJordan's Breakfast On Pluto for CIS, A-Film took Kay Pollak's As ItIs In Heaven for Benelux, while newcomer Aric Avelino's American Guntarring Donald Sutherland, Marcia Gay Harden and Forest Whittaker went toProoptiki for Greece, ex-Yugoslavia, Romania and Bulgaria, Four Star for theMiddle East and Ster-Kinekor in South Africa.

Ken Loach's Irish civil war drama, The Wind That ShakesThe Barley, was sold to Lusomundo in Portugal and Four Star for the MiddleEast.

Pathe Pictures International handles the international salesand marketing for films produced by Pathe in the UK. The Company also activelyacquires third party films for worldwide representation.