Cannes Critics’ Week entry Altiplano has been racking up sales since its premiere on the Riviera last month.

The film, directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, is being handled internationally by Helen Loveridge’s new outfit, Meridiana. Deals closed so far include Farbfilm (Germany & Austria) Cineworx (Switzerland), Imagine (Belgium), Contact Film (Netherlands) and Ama Films (Greece).

Altiplano is billed as “a lyrical tragedy about sacrifice and redemption in the Andes”. It marks the follow-up to Brosens and Woodworth’s Venice winner Khadak, set in the frozen steppes of Mongolia.

The film stars German-Iranian actress Jasmin Tabatabai as a war photographer traumatised by events in Iraq, where she was forced to take a picture of the assassination of her guide. Olivier Gourmet plays her Belgian doctor husband. Magai Solier plays a Peruvian women whose wedding plans are disrupted by a mysterious illness in her village, caused by a a mercury spill.

Altiplano will be screening this week in the international competition of the Sydney Film Festival (June 3 to 14).