Pathé International had a busy time at the Cannes Marche with over 75 deals sealed across its slate.

Following its world premiere, Jane Campion’s Bright Star sold to Atlantic Film for Scandinavia, SSG for Taiwan, Babilla for Colombia, Phars for the Middle East, PT Camila for Indonesia, Golden Village for Singapore and Myndform for Iceland.

As previously reported on ScreenDaily, it also sold Spanish rights to Vertigo and the film was acquired for the US prior to the festival by Bill Pohlad and Bob Berney’s new distribution venture. The film is now virtually sold out. 

Bright Star tells the story of the love affair between John Keats and Fanny Brawne and stars Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw.

  • Following the screening of footage of Neil Marshall’s upcoming Roman action epic Centurion, deals were closed with MediaFilm (Italian), Cinemax (the CIS), Showbox (South Korea), Monolith (Polan), SSG (Taiwan), Hollywood Classics (the Czech Republic), Mediapro (Romania), Ster-Kinekor (South Africa), Babilla (Colombia), Cathy (Singapore), Tiglon (Turkey), PT Camila (Indonesia) and IPA (Thailand and Vietnam).  

The film has now sold throughout the world, with deals concluded before Cannes including Constantin for Germany, Aurum for Spain, Hopscotch for Australia/New Zealand and Scanbox for Scandinavia.

  • Mona Achache’s Le Herisson (The Hedgehog), based on the best-selling novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, was acquired by Madman for Australia/New Zealand, Europa for Brazil, Cathay for Singapore and Tiglon for Turkey.
  • Loup (Wolf), directed by Nicolas Vanier, has been picked up for Germany and Austria by Square One, IPA for Thailand and Vietnam, Mediavizyon for Turkey and Babilla for Colombia.
  • Currently in production in Israel, Julian Schnabel’s Miral, starring Freida Pinto of Slumdog Millionaire fame, was sold to Europa for Brazil and WEG for India.
  • Further sales were concluded on Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud’s (Winged Migration) feature documentary Oceans, which sold to Atlantic Film for Scandinavia and PT Camila for Indonesia.
  • Stephen Frears’ Cheri saw additional sales to WEG for India, Golden Village for Singapore, IPA for Thailand and Vietnam and Bir Film for Turkey, while Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Sundance Award-winner, Five Minutes Of Heaven, went to Savor for Spain and Bir Film for Turkey and a German deal is imminent.
  • Lol, directed by Lisa Azuelos, which is currently the biggest film at the French box-office with over 3.5 million admissions, was sold to Madman for Australia/New Zealand, Cinema Nueva for Mexico, Golden Village for Singapore and Mediavizyon for Turkey.