Latest film from director of Elena expected to be ready for Cannes.

Paris-based Pyramide International has secured a raft of pre-sales sales on Russian Andrey Zvyagintsev’s upcoming film Leviathan after unveiling the production at the EFM.

Set against the backdrop of a port town on the Barents Sea in Northern Russia, the film revolves around a garage owner who decides to stand-up to local government corruption to save his home and business.  

Pyramide International’s sales chief Lucero Garzon said the film had sold to Australia and New Zealand (Palace Entertainment), Benelux (Lumiere), Brazil (Imovision), Former Yugoslavia (MCF – Megacom Film), Greece (Seven Films), Poland (Against Gravity), Spain (Golem), Switzerland (Cineworx), Turkey (Calinos Film) and the UK and Ireland (Curzon).

Zvyagintsev’s previous film Elena, about a woman plotting to secure her ailing tycoon husband’s wealth on his death, won the Special Jury Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section in 2011.

In other new sales, Lucero said Pyramide had also finalised a number of deals on Julie Bertucceli’s classroom documentary School of Babel at the EFM to Benelux (Les Films de l’Elysée), Switzerland (Agora Films), UK and Ireland (New Wave Films and Italy (Kitchen Film).

Pyramide Distribution is due to release the film in France on March 12.