WestEnd Films has closed a raft of deals on David Gordon Green’s Joe starring Nicholas Cage and Tye Sheridan on the back of its Venice and Toronto premieres.

Rights to the story of the friendship between a troubled teen and a hard-living man have gone to Japan (CCC), Australia (Madman), Benelux (Cineart) and Scandinavia (Non Stop) in addition to Artificial Eye’s move on UK rights.

The drama previously went to France (Wild Side), Germany (Koch Media), Latin America (Swen), the Middle East (ECS), Turkey (Bir Film), Thailand (Dreams Vision), Taiwan (Filmware), Malaysia (Suraya), China (Media Asia), Hungary (Cinenuovo), former Yugoslavia (MCF), Portugal (Pris Audiovisuals), Bulgaria (A Plus), Israel (United King), and Greece (Spentzos Films).

Worldview Entertainment financed and produced the film. Green served as producer alongside Lisa Muskat, Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow and Derrick Tseng. Worldview Entertainment’s Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E Johnson served as executive producers with Dreambridge Film’s Todd Labarowski, Brad Coolidge and Melissa Coolidge, Rough House’s Jody Hill and Danny McBride.

CAA represents North American rights and is in talks with a number of buyers including Roadside Attraction.

WestEnd Films is next partnering with Worldview and Dreambridge Films on Green’s Manglehorn starring Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Chris Messina and Harmony Korine.