Australian distributor REP Films has picked up US comedy Human Nature, while sister company Dendy Films has acquired Swedish hit Together and Thai film The Iron Ladies.
Iron Ladies follows the adventures of a transsexual volleyball team hoping to win the national championships. According to sales agent Fortissimo, it has already made $5m in its home market and $2m in Hong Kong, where it is still screening. It opens in Taiwan on October 28 and in Japan in March. Other sales include The Philippines and Greece.
Lukas Moodysson's Together, about a suburban housewife and her two children who move into a free-love commune in Stockholm in the mid-1970s, has scooped more than $4.5m after six weeks on release in Sweden. Dendy also has first look at the English-language project that Moodysson currently has in development.
Human Nature, directed by Michel Gondry from a script by Charlie Kauffman (Being John Malkovich), is currently in post-production. StudioCanal is handling sales on the film which stars Rhys Ifans, Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette and Australia's own Miranda Otto.
Meanwhile, Becker Entertainment, parent company of both REP and Dendy, has teamed with online media company Tribe to acquire video and TV rights to Karyn Kusama's Girlfight. REP acquired theatrical rights to the film at Cannes and plans to release it on November 23. Tribe will handle the video release of the film.