Mercure Distribution has sold Cedric Kahn's French competition title Roberto Succo to Japan's Long Ride, Spain's Vertigo, Italy's Fandango and Korea's Apex.
FilmFour International has sold Crush to Scanbox for Scandinavia and Vision Africa for South Africa. FilmFour expects to close deals in the US, Australia and Korea by the end of the market, leaving Japan and the Far East excluding Korea as the only markets available.
Arthur Kananack's AKA Movies has sold Nomad, The Two Worlds to France's Sagittaire. Currently in production, the picture has also gone to Ho Film in Hong Kong, Korea's Hanmac, Thailand's Jumbo and Pioneer in the Philippines. AKA also licensed the film to India's RDB, Singapore's Overseas and Hellas for Greece, while AKA's The War Bride went to Yehmax for Korea.
Artificial Eye may turn out to be the most active buyer from the UK. Having bought Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher from France's MK2 on the eve of the festival, it has now added two other competition films: Jean-Luc Godard's Eloge De l'Amour from Wild Bunch and Cedric Kahn's Roberto Succo from Mercure Distribution. Media Suites, CDC trust Chelsea Walls/jacob
The feature directing debut from actor Ethan Hawke, Chelsea Walls, has been picked up for Japan by Media Suites Inc., following its screening in Directors' Fortnight.
The Coproduction Office has announced a raft of sales on its Un Certain Regard film Lovely Rita by hot Austrian director Jessica Hausner to Argentina's Orler, Austria's Polyfilm, Denmark's Ost for Paradis, the Netherlands' Filmmuseum, and Thailand's Monkol Cinema. Deals are also pending with distributors in Germany, Brazil, Brazil and Mexico.
Meanwhile, The Coproduction Office has licensed Lou Ye's Suzhou River to Greece's Ama Films and Portugal's Fantasporto, while Roy Andersson's Songs From The Second Floor went to Amanda Film for Spain and Monkol Cinema for Thailand. In addition, Japanese director Miike Takeshi's Audition was picked up by Amanda Films for Spain, Orler for Argentina, Fantasporto for Portugal and Xenix for Switzerland. Sales agent Philippe Bober reported "strong interest" for Noialvini, by Icelandic first-time filmmaker Dagur Kari to be produced by Essential Filmproduktion with Zikzak.
German rights trader Telepool has picked up German rights from H5B5 for Anthony and Joe Russo's Welcome To Collinwood. The heist picture is being co-produced by H5B5 with Pandora and George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh's production outfit Section 8.
Spanish distributor Alta Films has picked up all rights in Spain on competition title The Piano Teacher from director Michael Haneke. It marks the second competition title Alta has picked up at Cannes this year, following Francois Dupeyron's La Chambre Des Officiers.
LA-based Sceneries International has picked up world rights on forthcoming Spanish production Aphrodite (Afrodita) starring Stephen Rea, Cecilia Roth and Marisa Paredes. The film, originated at Madrid production house Astrolabio, is based on the novel by Isabel Allende and will begin shooting in August.