Sony Pictures Classics is reportedly poised to take North American
rights excluding French-speaking Canada to Eran Kolirin's Un Certain Regard hit The Band's Visit.

The Israeli-French film follows an Egyptian police band that gets stranded in Israel after they arrive for a ceremony and end up befriending the local villagers.

Bleiberg Entertainment is handling sales.

It has already closed key sales in Cannes following a rapturous screening on Saturday night.

The film's co-producer Sophie Dulac has taken French rights and plans to release on a minimum of 80 prints.

Dealsalso closed in Italy (Mikado), Spain (Manga), Latin America (Swen DoBrazil), Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Greece (Audiovisual), andSwitzerland (Xenix).

Bleiberg's vice president of sales Roman Kopelevich negotiated the deals.

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