Cannes Palme d'Or winner TheChild (L'Enfant) has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics (SPC)for US distribution, French sales house Celluloid Dreams announced today.
SPC was arguably the busiestUS buyer for French films in Cannes with Michael Haneke's Cache andChristian Carion's Merry Christmas both going to the label.
SPC is also negotiating for North American, Spanish and Latin American rights with Cinetic Media and Celluloid Dreams for rights to ToddHaynes' I'm Not There, a $25m Bob Dylan biopic in which the iconic singer-songwriter will be portrayed by seven different actors including Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Adrien Brody, Julianne Moore and Colin Farrell.
Cinetic is brokering North American rights, while Celluloid is handling international sales. Paramount was the original domestic disributor on the project, but dropped after a change in senior management at the studio. (See ScreenDaily.com link below for full details of Haynes film).
Celluloid Dreams presidentHengameh Panahi said her company had just had its "most successful Cannes FilmFestival ever."
Not only did Celluloid scorewins with The Child and a Critics' Week coup with Miranda July's Me,You And Everyone We Know, the company also did stellar sales on its othertitles.
In all, Celluloid had ninefilms in official selection across different Cannes sections.
Opener Lemming almostsold out with the US and Japan currently negotiating deals for the two lastremaining territories. Francois Ozon's Un Certain Regard title Time To Leavesold out except for North America and Italy for the moment. Fortnight title Factotumfrom Bent Hamer was sold in all territories except Korea, Mexico and Argentinawith Picturehouse taking it for North America and Icon for the UK.
Johnnie To's Electionwent to ARP in France, Optimum in the UK, Hopscotch in Australia, Mikado inItaly and Tokyo Theatres in Japan. And Everyone We Know went to MK2 forFrance, Optimum in the UK, Icon in Australia, Fandango in Italy, Alta in Spainand Happinet in Japan.
As for The Child, theonly remaining territories are Germany and Australia. Major territory dealswere concluded with TVA in Quebec, Bim in Italy, Vertigo in Spain, Bitters Endin Japan, Nonstop in Scandinavia and Artificial Eye in the UK.
The Todd Haynes film willshoot this fall and was pre-sold to France's ARP, BIM for Italy, Cineart inBenelux, Scanbox in Scandinavia, Happinet in Japan, Audiovisual in Greece, EEAPin Eastern Europe, Atalanta in Portugal.