Wild Bunch is reporting sell-out sales for French filmmaker Ladj Ly’s incendiary Paris-set Palme d’Or contender Les Misérables,
The drama, capturing life in one of France’s tough outer-city suburbs, has been one of the buzziest titles at the festival, with Amazon scooping up US rights the day after its premiere in Competition.
“It’s this year’s Capernaum,” commented Wild Bunch sales chief Eva Diederix, referring to Nadine Labaki’s 2018 grand jury prize winner which also sold like hotcakes last year.
In Europe, Les Misérables has sold to the UK (Altitude), Scandinavia (Edge Entertainment), Germany (Alamode), Italy (Lucky Red), Portugal (Alambique), Spain (Caramel), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Benelux (Paradiso), Slovakia (Film Europe), Hungary (Vertigo Media), Romania (Independenta Film), Greece (Seven Films), Poland (M2 Films).
Le Pacte pre-bought the film for France where it plans to release it in September.
In Asia, it has been acquired for China (Taihe Legend Film), Korea (Hammer Pictures), Hong Kong (First Distributors) and Japan (Tohokushinsha).
In other territories, it has been snapped up for Latin America (Sun Distribution), Australia (Rialto), Canada (Level Films) and Middle East (Teleview).
Other festival titles on the Wild Bunch slate include the Dardenne brothers’ Young Ahmed, Arnaud Desplechin’s Oh Mercy!, Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables and Elia Suleiman’s It Must Be Heaven; Kantemir Balagov’s Un Certain Regard title Beanpole and Directors’ Fortnight titles An Easy Girl by Rebecca Zlotowski and Give Me Liberty by Kirill Mikhanovsky.