Powerful French sales house Celluloid Dreams has sold out on Francois Ozon's film 8 Femmes.
The musical ensemble piece, which appeared in competition at last month's Berlin festival, is now Celluloid's most successful film of all time in terms of figures and market penetration.
The value of licences sold has exceeded $6m with distribution now assured in over 85 territories, according to Celluloid founder and chief executive Hengameh Panahi.
The picture opened in France on Feb 13 through Mars Films and has grossed over $13m. In Switzerland, where it is handled by Filmcoopi, it took over $500,000 in its first four weeks. Imminent releases include Greece (Rosebud, April 12), Holland (Cinemien, April 18) and Germany (Constantin, June 20). Set to release in the autumn are UK/Ireland (UGC Films), USA (USA Films), Canada (Les Films Seville), Japan (Gaga Communications), Norway (Oro Film), Australia/New Zealand (Dendy Films), Sweden (Triangel Film), Spain (Alta Classics) and Italy (Bim Distribuzione).
Celluloid's current slate also includes Laurent Cantet's Venice winner Time Out (L'Emploi Du Temps) and Otar Iosseliani's Monday Morning, which won the best director prize last month at Berlin. Its production outfit, Lumen Films, is in post-production of Jean-Pierre Limosin's Novo and Jia Zhang Ke's Unknown Pleasures.