Hyde Park International(HPI), the new international sales arm of Ashok Amitraj's Hyde ParkEntertainment, has reported a host of deals at its debut Cannes on Monkeyfaceand Premonition, the first two films it is 100% financing withoutinitial contribution from a major studio partner.
HPI chief Lisa Wilson saidthat the market was hugely successful for HPI and that, more than anything,Amritraj's ability to deliver big-ticket pictures was welcomed by buyers.
Buyers signing on for thefirst two films at Cannes included TF1 in France, Planeta in Spain, Gussi inLatin America, RCV in Benelux, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Nu Metro in SouthAfrica, Adlo in eastern Europe, Lusomundo in Portugal, Pinema in Turkey, MGN inCIS/Baltic States, Village Roadshow in Greece, and Forum in Israel.
Entertainment FilmDistributors in the UK and Epsilon in Germany both have the films through newlystruck output deals with Hyde Park.
Hyde Park plans to financethe films through internal equity, presales through HPI and funds raised throughits exclusive alliance with UK venture capital group The Brass Hat Group.
Monkeyface is a heist thriller to star Richard Gere and bedirected by Vicente Amorim, while Premonition is a psychological thriller with key elements ofcast and director yet to be announced.