New French sales outfitFunny Balloons has picked up international rights to Critics' Week title TemporadaDe Patos.
The Mexican film was writtenand directed by Fernando Eimbcke and took seven prizes at the Guadalajara FilmFestival earlier this year including Best Picture, Best Director, BestScreenplay and the top acting awards.
Produced by ChristianValdelievre for Cinepantera and Lulu Producciones, film is a first effort fromEimbcke and stars Daniel Miranda, Diego Catano and Danny Perea. Temporadahas sold so far to Bright Angel in Benelux and Rezo Films in France.
The nascent Funny Balloonswhich opened four months ago will handle five titles at Cannes. They include WhiteEnd by Belgian Vincent Lannoo, Jean-Jacques Zilberman's Les Fautesd'Orthographe and Eric Rohmer's Triple Agent (in Latin Americaonly).
The company's high profilefirst pick up was Belgian comedy Aaltra which they nabbed at Rotterdam.Directed by Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern, Aaltra has sold to GalaFilm Distributors Ltd. in the UK.