Good Machine International (GMI) has tied up key territory sales on Pedro Almodovar's latest picture Hable Con Ella (Talk To Her) and Oliver Parker's The Importance Of Being Earnest.
But the deals were not done at Mifed. GMI did most of its business in London last week and president David Linde spoke to Screen over the weekend from Madrid where he is visiting Pedro and Agustin Almodovar before returning to New York.
Like Miramax International, GMI had pulled out of Mifed prior to London, although it was not refunded on its stand booking. Only Tim Spencer, director of sales and acquisitions, is here, operating out of the DDA booth.
Tobis bought the Almodovar picture in Germany, Sandrews took it for Scandinavia, Gaga Communications for Japan and 20th Century Fox for Latin America and Australia. The film marks the first collaboration between GMI and the Almodovars' Madrid-based production outfit El Deseo. Sony Pictures Classics beat out other distributors for domestic rights on the film, continuing a relationship which included All About My Mother to which Fox also had Latin American rights.
Meanwhile on The Importance Of Being Earnest, GMI closed deals with Telemuenchen for Germany, Bac Films in France, Medusa in Italy, Lauren Films in Spain, Sandrews in Scandinavia and Ascot Elite in Switzerland.
GMI also started sales on Zhou Yu's Train, the Sun Zhou-directed drama starring Gong Li and Tony Leung. Nippon Herald bought Japan and Vertigo bought Spain.
Also in London, GMI extended its "primary relationships" with Rosebud in Greece, Shani Film in Israel and Skifan in Iceland.
"We are thrilled at the response to our films and their film-makers," said GMI's senior vice president of sales Glen Basner.