Berlin's European Film Market is picking up speed for European buyers and sellers, although many US buyers are now expected to wait until next week's American Film Market (AFM).
Senator Film yesterday (Feb 12) secured German rights to Denmark's Minor Mishaps. The Danish competition film, handled by Trust Film Sales, has proved one of the busier sales pitches at the market this week. Trust also sold it Artificial Eye for the UK, Upstream for Luxembourg, Austria's Filmladen, Taiwan's Spring Cinema and Mexico's Cinevideo Y TV, which also picked up Catch That Girl. Mishaps and market film Kira's Reason were sold for French-speaking Canada to Film Tonic. A UK deal is understood to be imminent although a US deal is unlikely to happen before next week's American Film Market, where other buyers will have a chance to see it.
German seller Bavaria Film International licensed rights on another competition title, Andreas Dresen's Grill Point (Halbe Treppe) to Denmark's Camera Film. It also secured a notable Japanese deal selling Caroline Link's Nowhere In Africa (Nirgendwo In Afrika) to Gaga Communications. Taiwan's Crown Film picked up Sandra Nettlebeck's Mostly Martha and Danish comedy Shake It All About (En Koort En Lang) by Hella Joof. BFI sold Shake It All About to Israel's United King. Tricky Life (En La Puta Vida) went to Israel's Shani Film and Finnish TV rights went to YLE.
Trust Film Sales has closed a number of other deals at the EFM; including All About My Father and Dragonflies to Israel's United King Films; Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's upcoming Skagerrak was picked up by Monopole Pathe for Switzerland.
Media Luna Entertainment has picked up world sales rights to a slate of films from Stephen Schible and Sento Takenori's Tokyo-based Rumble Fish.
This includes a series of films to be based on the cynical and wisecracking private detective Mike Yokohama. Among the filmmakers hired to direct the films are Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Akira Ogata and Ishii Sogo.
The first Mike Yokohama film, A Forest With No Name, directed by Aoyama Shinji was screened in this year's Forum.