Pathe Pictures International has announced a slew of deals closed at the recent American Film Market.

Pathe screened footage from Stephen Frears' The Queen for buyers and sold rights to Avex Entertainment for Japan, Vertigo for Spain, Sandrew Metronome for Scandinavia, Prooptiki for Greece and the former Yugoslavia, LNK for Portugal, A-Film for Benelux, Ster Kinekor for South Africa, Shani Films for Israel and SPI for Czech Republic.

In deals before AFM, Miramax bought North American Rights, BIM bought Italian rights, and Icon bought Australian rights. Pathe will distribute in the UK and France.

The Queen stars Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in the story of the UK monarchy and government's response to the death of Princess Diana. Andy Harries, Christine Langan and Tracey Seaward are producing and Francois Ivernel, Cameron McCracken and Scott Rudin are executive producing. The film recently completed shooting in the UK and France.

In other Pathe deals, Prooptiki picked up rights for Greece and the former Yugoslavia for Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes The Barley, with Casablanca Films taking the rights for Brazil. Casablanca also took rights to Aric Avelino's American Gun, while Prooptiki also took Penny Woolcock's Mischief Night.

Jean-Baptiste Andrea's Big Nothing, which stars Simon Pegg and David Schwimmer, went to LNK for Portugal and Myndform for Iceland. Myndform also acquired rights to Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto.

Jerry Rothwell's documentary Deep Water (currently in production), went to LNK for Portugal and Ster Kinekor for South Africa. LNK also bought Portuguese rights to Annie Griffin's Festival.