Voracious Benelux buyer Cineart has pre-bought Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Caught In Flight, which focuses on the relationship between Princess Diana (played by Naomi Watts) and the heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan.
Cineart’s General Manager Stephan De Potter confirmed that the acquisition had been made directly from the film’s producer Tim Haslam (former CEO Hanway Films and founder of Embankment Films.)
Potter has also given details of the company’s recent pick-ups from last month’s Unifrance screenings.
Cineart has bitten on Christian Vincent’s Haute Cuisine (sold by Wild Bunch.) This is the film about President Mitterand and his own personal chef.
Showing its appetite for upscale arthouse fare, Cineart has also picked up Renoir – the Gilles Bourdos film about painter Auguste Renoir, his son Jean (later to become a celebrated filmmaker) and the woman they both become besotted by. The film is sold in the EFM by Wild Bunch.
A third title picked up by Cineart from Wild Bunch is Holly Motors, the new feature from Leos Carax. Starring Denis Lavant, Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes, the film follows 24 hours in the life of a man travelling between parallel lives.
Meanwhile, Cineart has also picked up Hemel, the debut feature from Dutch director Sacha Polak. The film (sold by Media Luna in the EFM and screening in the Forum) is about a young woman who has a suffocating relationship with her father. She is promiscuous, sexually daring but also immature emotionally.
Speaking on the eve of the Berlinale, Potter commented: “I don’t really expect to buy a lot in Berlin…the films screened in the different sections seem to be very hard to sell to an audience.”