Ahead of tomorrow (Wednesday)'s debut screening in the Upstream sectionof the Venice festival, inflammatory teen drama Ken Park is settingbuyers alight.
Norway's Oro Film has pickedup all Scandinavian rights, while VideoVision bought it for South Africa, Eco Filmes for Portugal, Audiovisual forGreece and Mongkol for Thailand. International rights are handled by FortissimoFilm sales, which reports being in the final stages of deals for the UK, HongKong and Benelux.
The film about theviolence and the desperate love-lives of a group of Californian teenagersboasts the controversial trio of Larry Clark and cinematographer Edward Lachmanas co-directors with a script writen by enfant terrible Harmony Korine.Ken Park stars newcomer Adam Chubuck, Amanda Plummer, Bill Fagerbakke,Eddie Daniels and Harrison Young.
From French sales houseRoissy Films, Oro Film also acquired rights to Respiro -Grazia's Island,Italian director Emanuele Crialese's movie about an eccentric, sociallychallenged woman (Valeria Golino) who lives on the Sicilian island of Lampedusawith her husband and three children. The picture was the Critics Week winner atCannes this year and has previously been sold to Sony Pictures Classics for theUS and Metro Tartan for the UK.