As the dust settles onanother Cannes market, UK-based sales agents The Works announced yesterday thatit had closed multiple deals on its Cannes slate.
"It was a busymarket and we were there then to the bitter end closing deals," said TheWorks' Joy Wong.
Among The Works' titles to catch buyers' eyes were Stefan Schwartz's upbeatcomedy The Best Man, which has gone to CCV (Scandinavia), Chantier(Turkey), Elite Film (Switzerland), Festive Films (Singapore), Forum Film(Israel), Global Motion Pictures (CIS), Italian International Film (Italy),Pasatiempo Pictures (Hungary, Czech and Slovak Republics), Prime Pictures(Middle East), Shinabro Entertainment (Korea), Ster-Kinekor (South Africa), WTV(Romania and Bulgaria) Aurum (Spain) and Ecofilmes (Portugal).
Meanwhile, Saul Metztein's Guy X, starring Jason Biggs, went to PCV (Greece& Cyprus), Prime Pictures (Middle East), and Intersonic (Czech and SlovakRepublics). Scanbox took Scandinavian rights whilst Seville Pictures snapped upthe film for Canada.
Wong said that North American buyers are circling The Proposition.Scripted by rock star Nick Cave and starring Guy Pearce, the JohnHillcoat-directed drama has now been sold to the CIS (Russian Report.) She alsopointed to activity on Critics' week entry The Horizon Of Events, nowsold to Greece and Cyprus, and Come Into The Light which has gone toCapri Films for Canada.
Another title wrapping up sales was Alexander Sokurov's Berlinale entry TheSun, the third in his "men of power" trilogy. Deals concludedduring Cannes include Artificial Eye (UK & Eire), Bazuca Film (Argentina,Chile, Paraguay & Uruguay), Eurofilms (Peru & Ecuador) and Medial S.A.(Greece & Cyprus), with offers pending for Japan and Benelux.
Another Berlin title, Dominic Savage's Love + Hate, has gone to ItalianInternational Film for Italy, and W.E.G. for India.
Further deals have also been concluded for portmanteau picture Tickets,(co-directed by Ken Loach, Abbas Kiarostami and Emmano Olmi) which has now beensnapped up for Cine Qua Non for Japan and Madman Entertainment for Australiaand New Zealand.