By purchasing Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's Cannes winner, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Sweden 's NonStop Entertainment has concluded a golden hat trick, having already acquired the Golden Bear winner from Berlin (Tuya's Marriage) and the Golden Lion winner from Venice (Still Life).
NonStop will distribute Mungiu's illegal abortion drama, which was also awarded the international critics' FIPRESCI prize, in Scandinavia (except Norway, which was already licensed to Arthaus) and the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Having previously bought US director Gus van Sant's Paranoid Park, which received Cannes' 60th anniversary award, Stockholm-based NonStop added another 10 features to its line-up, which CEO Ignas Scheynius said 'would enhance the company's role as the leading quality film distributor in Northern Europe.'
NonStop signed for two titles in Un Certain Regard, Italian director Daniele Luchetti's My Brother is an Only Child, from THINKfilm, and French director Barbet Schroeder's Terror's Advocate, from Wild Bunch. Closing the Critics' Week, Italian-born director Cecilia Miniucchi's Expired, from GreeneStreet Films, also went into the basket.
In the market, NonStop picked up The Nines (GreeneStreet), Live! (Fortissimo Films), Outlaw (Pathe Pictures International), Highlander: The Source (HandMade Films), and Eye in the Sky (Fortissimo).
The buying spree was concluded by two Wild Bunch projects, both in production; French director Olivier Jean Marie's Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure, animated in a mixed 2D and 3D technique, and French director Marc Caro's first feature as sole director, Dante 01, a sci-fi adventure with Lambert Wilson in the lead.