Benelux distributors have revealed the results of a buying spree at Cannes’ Marché du Film, including Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary and David Cronenberg’s upcoming Maps to the Stars.

A-Film, which has confirmed its intentions to merge with Benelux Films Distribution, has taken several upcoming titles.

These include John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves as a retired hitman, sold by Lionsgate; Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, starring Nina Hoss and sold by Match Factory; and Sundance audience award winner Metro Manila, sold by Independent.

A-Film also picked up two from Relativity: animated feature Free Birds;and Loomis Fargo, an action-comedy based around a bank heist starring Jim Carrey and Owen Wilson.


Rival distributor Cineart nabbed Jia Zhangke’s A Touch Of Sin, sold by MK2 and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, handled by Filmnation - both Competition titles - as well as Clio Barnard’s Directors’ Fortnight film The Selfish Giant, sold by Protagonist.

The company was also aggressively pre-buying at the Marché. It took David Cronenberg’s thriller Maps To The Stars, starring Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, from eOne, and the upcoming Amy Winehouse feature doc from Asif Kapadia, sold by Focus.

On script basis, the company has also taken Joachim Trier’s English-language Louder Than Bombs, sold by Memento.

Before the festival began, Cineart snapped up five Competition films: Borgman, Only God Forgives, The Past, Blue Is The Warmest Colour and Jeune et Jolie.

The distributor has also confirmed it will be releasing Les Vacances Du Petit Nicolas.

Wild Bunch

Wild Bunch Benelux has also had a prolific Cannes, having already pre-bought Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive from Hanway.

The company took Un Certain Regard entries La Jaula De Oro from Films Boutique and Omar by Hany Abu-Assad from The Match Factory.

Wild Bunch Benelux also acquired secretly shot Iranian film Manuscripts Don’t Burn from Elle Driver.

Its pre-buys included Kristian Levring’s western Salvation from TrustNordisk and Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip To Italy from Goalpost.