Exiting Cannes, Wild Bunch has concluded one of its best recent markets. The company’s Gael Nouaille told Screen, “It’s been about a year that we haven’t had such a good market - and that goes for projects as well as finished films.”
Indeed, Wild Bunch - whose Naomi-Watts-as-Marilyn-Monroe project Blonde was a hot seller - concluded rafts of deals on its slate which included 10 films in official selection.
Among notable sellers were Xavier Beauvois’ well-received Grand Prix winner Of Gods And Men. The film sold to Sony Pictures Classics in the US and Australia, Artificial Eye in the UK, Lucky Red in Italy and other territories including Canada (Metropole), Spain (Golem), Scandinavia (NonStop), Germany (NFP), Korea (Back-Du-Dugong), Russia (Leopard), Benelux (Lumiere) and Switzerland (Frenetic).
Nikita Mikhalkov’s competition entry Burnt By The Sun 2 continued its sales with deals for Japan (Comstock) and Spain (Golem) wrapped up ahead of its official screening.
Jean-Luc Godard’s Un Certain Regard picture Film Socialisme was sold to New Wave in the UK, Piramide in Spain, NFP in Germany, Stad Kino in Austria, CP Digital in Russia and Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Korea.
Gregg Araki’s out-of-competition selection Kaboom (which won the first Queer Palm) was picked up by IFC in the US, Hopscotch in Australia, Bim in Italy, Mont Blanc in Switzerland, Leopard in Russia, Quality in Mexico, E1 in Canada and NonStop in Scandinavia.
The cannibal-themed We Are What We Are, running in the Fortnight, also went to IFC for the US along with Artificial Eye in the UK, Cinema Mondo in Scandinavia, A la Mode in Germany/Austria and Wild Side in France.
Finally, Francois Ozon’s highlyanticipated Potiche was sold to Japan’s Gaga, Italy’s Bim and Spain’s Vertigo.