Fortissimo Film Sales had a record breaking Cannes festival in a year considered generally morose for the market and disastrous for the competition.

"We have had our best Cannes in years, possibly our best ever, and there are many more sales to complete in the next few days," said co-chief Wouter Barendrecht. "We were able to do many pre-sales and sold pictures in the territories reputed to be the most difficult. In Italy, which is the weakest at the moment, we sold three or four films, and we were not the only seller to do so."

Competition film The Tulse Luper Suitcases Pt 1- The Moab Story was sold to Triangel for Scandinavia, A-Film/Cineart for Benelux, PCV for Greece and Atalanta for Portugal.

Festival film Japanese Story was sold to Goldwyn Films for the US, Tartan Films (ex-Metro Tartan) for the UK, A-Film/Cineart for Benelux, Lolafilms for Spain, Lusomundo for Portugal, Filmauro for Italy,, Rialto for Switzerland, United King for Israel, Budapest Film for Hungary, Russian Report for Russia, Intercontinental for Hong Kong and Cankarjev Dom for Slovenia.

Newly introduced film Capturing The Friedmans was sold to Tartan for the UK, A-Film/Cineart for Benelux, Haut Et Court for France, United King for Israel, Bim for Italy and Stadtkino for Austria.

Un Certain Regard film One Thousand Months (Mille Mois) sold to A-Film for The Netherlands, Lumiere for Belgium, MK2 for France, Esse & Bi for Italy, Seville for Canada and Trigon for Switzerland.