French sales outfits appearto have been enjoying brisk business in Venice this year. Paris-based Pyramidehas announced a raft of new deals on its Venice slate.

One title that has clearlycaught buyers' imaginations is African auteur MahamatSaleh Haroun's Darratt. Madeunder the umbrella of New Crowned Hope (the Vienna festival celebratingMozart), the film has now been sold to Switzerland (Trigon),Italy (Lucky Red), Mexico (Cine Video Y TV), Belgium (Cineart)and Austria (Stadt Kino.)

Meanwhile, Venice Days entrySeven Years, directed by Jean-Pascal Hattu, has gone to Switzerland (Xenix) and Austria (PolyFilm). There is alsostrong interest from Italy, Benelux and Germany.

Another Pyramidetitle tantalising buyers, who clearly hope it may be the next Etre Et Avoir, is Francoise Marie's On Dirait Que,a documentary feature in which 'kids represent their parents' jobs.'The film, likely to be ready for Cannes, has been acquired by Lucky Red for Italy, Freentic for Switzerland and Lumiere for Belgium.