Following the recent EFM at the Berlin Film Festival, French sales, finance and distribution outfit Wild Bunch has announced a slew of sales on its varied slate.
Oscar-winner Luc Jacquet's follow up to March Of The Penguins, TheFox And The Child, which Wild Bunch announced in Sundance, sold in nearly30 territories during the market including the UK (Pathe),Germany (Kinowelt/Telepool), Canada (Crystal), Italy(Lucky Red), Israel (Shani), the Middle East (FrontRow), Brazil (Imagem), Mexico (Quality), Australia(Hopscotch) and China (Domo Media).
Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval told ScreenDaily.comthat US distributors are circling the film but that the company is asking ahigh price for the rights. A deal could be imminent, however, with at least twocompanies raising their offers. However, Maraval alsoallows, "The level of sales shows that we can also wait until we have afinished film."
Emir Kusturica'sdocumentary, Maradona, about the life of theeponymous football legend did brisk business too selling to 19 territories.Notable deals were finalized in the UK (Optimum), Spain (Telecinco),Italy (Bim), Israel (Shani),Thailand (Sahamongkol), Portugal (Lusomundo),Benelux (Paradisio), Scandinavia (Triangle) andFrance where Wild Bunch's distribution arm Pan-Europeennewill release via the parent company's deal with the film's producers Fidelite Productions.
Guillermo delToro's hotly anticipated Pan's Labyrinth concluded deals in 16territories including the
Richard Kelly's Southland Talesstarring Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellarand The Rock will be handled by The Middle East's Italia Films,
Patrice Leconte'sMy Best Friend starring Daniel Auteuil, DannyBoon and Julie Gayet concluded deals in 16territories. Veteran director Leconte is currentlyenjoying
Christian Charles' American Pie-styledFull Of It, handled by New Line in the
Claude Chabrol'sL'Ivresse Du Pouvoir has been sold across
And in their roster of potentialCannes contenders, Wild Bunch sold Nanni Moretti's TheCaiman to the UK's Optimum, Brazil's Downtown, Canada's Crystal andYugoslavia's MCF among others while Emanuele Crialese's The Golden Door did business inItaly (01), Brazil (Downtown), the Middle East (Front Row), Portugal (Lusomundo), Switzerland (Frenetic) and Latin America forPay-TV to HBO among several others.