Focus International hascompleted sales of English-language territories on Todd Haynes' periodmelodrama Far From Heaven,closing deals with Entertainment Film Distributors in the UK, Icon FilmDistribution in Australia/New Zealand and Ster-Kinekor in South Africa. FocusFeatures will distribute the film in North America, although Focus inheriteddomestic rights from USA Films which was merged with Good Machine in May thisyear to form Focus.

Focus International (or GoodMachine International as it was then) under David Linde pacted to handleEnglish-language territories on the film, while the film's co-financierTF1 took on remaining sales rights through TF1 International.

Far From Heaven stars Julianne Moore, Dennis Haysbert and DennisQuaid and was one of the biggest hits of the recent Venice and Toronto filmfestivals. Moore won the Venice best actress prize and the film is being tippedas a leading awards contender by critics when it opens in the US on Nov 8.

Mike Goodridge in Los Angeles contributed to this report