New deals include Pyramide for France, Karma for Spain and BIM for Italy.
The Match Factory concluded numerous deals at last week’s Cannes market for the Golden Palm winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.
Apart from the previously reported sales to the UK’s New Wave Films, Poland’s AP Manana and Serbia’s MCF Megacom, the Cologne-based sales agent has sold the French rights for Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film to Pyramide Distribution, while Karma Films acquired the film for Spain and BIM Distribuzione for Italy.
Other deals were closed with Contact Film (Benelux), Trigon (Switzerland), Stadtkino Wien (Austria), Sunrise Distribution (Denmark), Arthaus (Norway), Folkets Bio (Sweden), Artcam (Czech and Slovak Republic), Ama Films (Greece), Midas Films (Portugal), Independenta Films (Romania), Artcinema (CIS and Baltic States), United King (Israel), ABMIC (Brasil), Filmswelike (Canada), Zeta Films (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay) and Hiatus (Taiwan).
Organisers of this year’s Viennale announced that Uncle Boonmee will have its Austrian premiere during this year’s edition in October. Weerasethakul has agreed to follow in the footsteps of such filmmakers as Agnes Varda, Jean-Luc Godard and Stan Brakhage and make a one-minute film to serve as the festival’s trailer for screening in Austrian cinemas from the beginning of September.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a co-production between the UK, Thailand, Germany, France and Spain, is part of a multimedia project by Weerasethakul, which was commissioned by Munich’s Haus der Kunst.
Meanwhile, The Match Factory reports that its Un Certain Regard title The City Below (Unter dir die Stadt) by Christoph Hochhäusler has been picked up by Bodega Films (France), ABC Distribution (Benelux) and United King (Israel), while Aktan Arym Kubat’s The Light Thief, which premiered in the Director’s Fortnight, was sold to ZED Distribution (France), Trigon (Switzerland), Filmswelike (Canada) and ABMIC (Brazil).