Fortissimo Films has announced a wave of sales closed on its current slate after the Venice and Toronto film festivals.
Artificial Eye in the UK bought rights to both Takashi Shimizu’s 3D horror film The Shock Labyrinth and Venice prize winner Life During Wartime directed by Todd Solondz.
Palisades Tartan bought US and UK rights to Hirokazu Koreeda’s Air Doll which played in Un Certain Regard in Cannes and at TIFF.
Le Pacte picked up French rights to Life During Wartime which also went to CDI Films in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile and Cine Video Y Television in Mexico. As previously announced Archibald Enterprise Film had taken the film for Italy.
Senator/Maasmond took Germany on The Shock Labyrinth as well as Dev Benegal’s Road, Movie.
Fortissimo also closed deals for The Shock Labyrinth with Pinar Films (Turkey), Filmware (Taiwan), Film Depot (CIS) Warvich (Argentina/Uruguay/Paraguay/Chile), Cine Video Y Television (Mexico) and Freeman (eastern Europe).
Meanwhile Robert Kenner’s hit documentary Food, Inc. sold to a slew of territories including UK (Dogwoof), Japan (Groove), France (CTV International), Australia and New Zealand (Rialto), Scandinavia (Svensk), Taiwan (CMC Content Corporation), Benelux (A Film Rechten), CIS (Film Depot), Israel (United King), Hong Kong (Deltamac), Czech Republic (Hollywood Classic), Singapore & Brunei (Golden Village), Thailand (Mongkol Cinema) and the former Yugoslavia (Discovery Film & Video Distribution).
Madman Entertainment in Australia bought Road, Movie and Alex Gibney’s The Magic Bus.
Pinar Films (Turkey), Filmware (Taiwan) and Film Depot (CIS) stepped up for Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Nymph, while Pinar again and Angel Films in Denmark bought Matt Aselton’s Gigantic starring Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel.
Other deals included CIS sales to Film Depot of Buried Secrets, Daniel & Ana and Neil Young Trunk Show, a sale to CDI for Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile of Alex Van Warmerdam’s The Last Days Of Emma Blank and a deal in Brazil with Europa Filmes for Tian Zhuangzhuang’s The Warrior And The Wolf.
“While the market place remains challenging we are very pleased with the deals we have completed over the past month during the successful Venice and Toronto Film Festivals,” said Fortissimo chairman Michael Werner. “The confidence we have in our current slate has been justified by the interest of buyers worldwide. We are looking forward to building on this success in the coming months.”