Fortissimo Films has secureda slew of sales on two titles - The Night Listener starring Robin Williams and Berlin Golden Bear winnerU-Carmen eKhayelitsha - in therun-up to the Cannes market.
The Night Listener, the recently-wrapped adaptation of ArmisteadMaupin's bestselling novel, has been sold to Australia and New Zealand (VillageRoadshow), Benelux (A-Film), Portugal (Lusomundo) and Scandinavia (SvenskFilmindustri). The film is produced by Hart Sharp Entertainment and financedthrough Hart Sharp's True Film Fund II.
Directed by PatrickStettner, The Night Listenertells the story of a popular gay night-time radio host who gets drawn into thelife of one of his callers. Williams stars with Toni Collette and a strongsupporting cast including Bobby Cannavale and Sandra Oh.
Meanwhile U-Carmen, one of three titles Fortissimo has in CannesOfficial Selection, has been sold to Benelux (A-Films), Portugal (Lusomundo),Russia (Partner Video Film) and Syria (National Film Organization).
An adaptation of the Carmenopera directed by Mark Dornford-May, the film is screening in the new WorldCinema section.
Fortissimo is also handlingcompetition title Shanghai Dreamsfrom Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai and Tony Krawitz' Jewboy which is screening in Un Certain Regard.
The company's Cannes slatealso includes Peter Greenaway's A Life In Suitcases, Paramount Classics' documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, Spanish comedy Queens, Tsui Hark's martial arts epic Seven Swords and Simon from Dutch director Eddie Terstall.at the Tribeca Film Festival.