Jonas Carpignano’s debut was first seen at Cannes.


Edge Entertainment has acquired Jonas Carpignano’s debut feature Mediterranea for Sweden, Finland, Iceland and the Baltics from Mexico City-based sales agent NDM.

The film, about two friends from Burkina Faso who travel across the Mediterranean to start a new life in southern Italy, was the opener of the Stockholm Film Festival, where it won three prizes at an awards ceremony at the weekend.

Mediterranea will have its Swedish premiere on Jan 29.

Edge Entertainment also acquired The Wait, sold by Pathé and directed by Pierro Messina, starring Juliette Binoche for Scandinavia and Iceland.

The Wait debuted at Venice and comes from the producers behind The Grand Beauty and Youth.

Edges titles The Wolfpack, Maryland, Bolshoi Babylon, Palio and Valley of Love also screened at Stockholm and will be released in Sweden this winter.

Since its premiere at Cannes, Carpignano’s Mediterranea has won plaudits and awards almost everywhere it has been seen - and yet the film has yet to secure distribution in the director’s native Italy.

It was picked up for the US in September by IFC/Sundance Selects.

Countries that have also acquired the film include Denmark (Ost For Paradise), Greece (Weird Wave) and Norway (Mare Film). Haut Et Court released the film in France.