Here are the major deals that took place, both before, during, and in the days after this year’s event (which ran March 1-5).
Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman secured the first major US deal for a festival title with Neon acquiring North American rights from mk2. Mubi picked up the rights for UK-Ireland and Turkey after the festival as well as Australia/New Zealand (Madman), Benelux (Cinéart), CIS (Russia World Vision), Denmark (Angel), ex-Yugoslavia (Demiurg), Germany (Alamode), Greece (Weirdwave), Israel (Red Cape), Japan (Culture Entertainment), Latin America (Sun Distribution) Norway (Arthaus), Poland (New Horizons), Portugal (Midas), South Korea (Challan), Spain (Avalon), Switzerland (Cinework), Sweden (Folkets Bio) and Taiwan (Swallow Wings).
Heretic Outreach secured a slew of deals on Radu Jude’s Golden Bear winner Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn; to Germany (Neue Visionen), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), Poland (New Horizons), ex-Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom), Greece (Cinobo), Russia (Capella Film), France (Météore Films), Italy (Lucky Red), Portugal (Films4you), Lithuania (Kino Pavasaris), Estonia (Must Käsi), Israel (Lev Cinemas), Brazil (Imovision), and Hong Kong (Edko Films Limited).
Kino Lorber picked up North American rights to German director Dominik Graf’s Fabian – Going To The Dogs from Les Films du Losange. The film has also sold to Japan (Moviola), Australia and New Zealand (Palace Films), China (Huanxi Media), South Korea (Alto Media), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), Portugal (Legendmain Filmes), Poland (Aurora), Hungary (Cirko) and the Baltic States (European Film Forum Scanorama).
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WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY
Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize winner Wheel Of Fortune And Fantasy was sold by m-appeal on the eve of the festival to leading French arthouse outfit Diaphana, Leopardo Filmes for Portugal; GreenNarae Media for Korea; and Andrews Films for Taiwan. After the festival it has secured deals for Spain (Caramel Films), Brazil (Belas Artes Group), Hong Kong (Edko Films) and China (Jetsen Huashi Wangju).
Beta secured deals for two competition titles after the festival. Maria Schrader’sI’m Your Man, whose star Maren Eggert won Berlin’s first gender-neutral Silver Bear acting prize for best leading performance last week, went to France (Haut et Court), Italy (Koch Media), Spain, Portugal and Latin America (Sun Distribution), Scandinavia (Edge Entertainment), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), CIS and Baltics (Volgafilm), Poland (Monolith), Hungary (Cirko Film), Czech Republic/Slovakia (Film Europe), former Yugoslavia (Discovery Film), Turkey (Filmarti Film), Israel (Nachshon), Greece (Strada Films), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), Korea (Contents Gate) and Hong Kong (EDKO Films).
Beta also posted sales on Daniel Brühl’s directing debutNext Door. Territories closed include France (Eurozoom), CIS (Russian Report), Poland (Aurora), Hungary (Cirko Film), Czech Republic/Slovakia (Film Europe), former Yugoslavia (Discovery Film) and the Baltics (Kino Pavasaris).
Natural Light, the feature debut of Hungary’s Dénes Nagy and winner of the silver bear for best director, was sold by Luxbox to the UK (Curzon), Portugal (Alambique), Poland (Aurora), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe) and Turkey (Mars Film).
In a deal with The Match Factory, Mubi acquired all rights for Dash Shaw’s Cryptozoo for the UK, Ireland, Germany and Turkey. The adult animation debuted at Sundance before earning a special mention in Berlin’s Generation competition.
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A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX
The US sales company also pre-sold Paul WS Anderson’sIn The Lost Lands, starring Milla Jovovich and Dave Bautista, to the UK (Studiocanal), Germany/Switzerland (Constantin), France (Metropolitan Film Export), Australia/New Zealand (Roadshow Distribution), CIS (Volga Films), Italy (Eagle Pictures), Lat Am/Spain/Portugal (Sun Distribution Group) and Eastern Europe (Vertical).
Deals including Scandinavia on Rodney Ascher’s documentary A Glitch In The Matrix led the way for Magnolia Pictures International, with further sales on Held, Listen, When I’m Done Dying and Some Kind Of Heaven.
Netflix picked up US rights to Liam Neeson thriller The Ice Road from Solution Entertainment Group. The streamer also pre-bought worldwide on Scott Cooper’s Christian Bale drama The Pale Blue Eye, from Cross Creek, MadRiver, CAA Media Finance and Endeavor Content.
Media Rights Capital used its non-fiction arm MRC Non-Fiction to sell Edgar Wright’s music documentary The Sparks Brothers to Focus Features, which will roll out in the US with Universal Pictures handling international.
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Pinnacle Peak Pictures, renamed after Pure Flix’s sale to Sony, has sold Walking With Herb to all Latin America; Warrior Queen Of Jhansi to Australia, UK and Latin America; and Beckman to five territories including South Korea.
Culmination Productions sold Anand Tucker’s UK project Curtain Call, starring Gemma Arterton, Colin Firth and Paapa Essiedu, to companies including Square One Entertainment for German-speaking Europe, Notorious Pictures for Italy, and California Filmes for Latin America. Sony Pictures International Production has UK/Ireland, Australia and New Zealand rights.
Endeavor Content sold Ewan McGregor project The Birthday Cake to Signature Entertainment for the UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It’s directed by first timer Jim Giannopoulos and is now in post.
Andrés Baiz’s thriller Panopticon, starring Shailene Woodley and Anthony Mackie, pre-sold in key territories to Metropolitan Filmexport (France), Square One Entertainment (Germany and Austria), Joy N Contents Group (South Korea and Notorious Pictures (Italy and Spain) for AGC International.
Film Bridge International sold Alicia Silverstone shark thriller. The Requin in key territories including Reset Collective (Australia/New Zealand), YouPlanet (Spain) and Mediawan (France).
‘THE OBSCURE LIFE OF THE GRAND DUKE OF CORSICA’
Film Constellation sold English-language Finnish horror The Twin to genre platform Shudder for US, Canada, UK-Ireland and Australia-New Zealand. The film is about to go into production starring Teresa Palmer.
Vertical Entertainment has taken UK and US rights to Daniel Graham’s The Obscure Life Of The Grand Duke Of Corsica in a deal brokered by finance partner Ingenious; with sales agent Amp International securing additional sales including Australia and Benelux.
Danish sales firm REinvent added deals on action thriller Omerta 6/12 for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Poland; for Margrete – Queen Of The North to Spain and Germany; The Emigrants to Hungary and former Yugoslavia; and The Pact to former Yugoslavia and Spain. Korea’s Home Choice also picked up three titles from Reinvent – Cold Hawaii, Happily Never After and Sex.
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Elle Driver sealed a slew of deals on Bernard Campan and Alexandre Jollien’s pioneering French comedy-drama Beautiful Minds to Benelux (Cineart), Spain (Youplanet Pictures, Caramel), CIS (Paradise Film Distribution), Poland (Monolith), Germany (X-Verleih), Israel (Red Cape, Nachshon Films), Italy (Notorious Pictures), ex-Yugoslavia (Blitz), Portugal (Cinemundo) and Switzerland (JMH Distributions),Canada (Les Film Opale), Latin America (California Filmes) and Taiwan (Vie Vision Pictures).
Documentary specialists Dogwoof sold Andreas Koefoed’s The Lost Leonardo, about a ‘lost’ portrait of Jesus Christ attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, to Sony Pictures Classics for worldwide excluding the UK, France and Germany.
UK-based Reason8 secured sales across its slate including to Gravitas Ventures in North America for Women; to 101 Films in the UK-Ireland for Sweet River; and to Russia-CIS for Joy Womack: The White Swan.
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Rocket Science pre-sold Michael Gracey’s Better Man, about UK singer Robbie Williams, to the UK (Entertainment), Germany and Austria (Tobis), Australia (Village Roadshow), Italy (Lucky Red), CIS/Baltic States (Volga), Scandinavia (Nordisk), Eastern Europe (Vertical), Benelux (The Searchers), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Middle East (Front Row), Greece/Cyprus (Odeon), Portugal (Lusomundo), and Israel (Forum). It is set to shoot this summer.
Film Movement picked up North American rights to Palestinian director Ameen Nayfeh’s 200 Metersfrom Italian outfit True Colours, while fellow Italian sales company TVCO sold Dace Pūce’s Latvia-Finland drama The Pit to Arsenal for Germany.
Official Competition, directed by Argentinian filmmakers Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, and starring Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas sold to Lucky Red (Italy), Studiocanal (Germany and Austria), Scanbox (Scandinavia),Pathe (Switzerland) MK2 Mile End Canada), Madman (Australia and New Zealand), Golden Scene (Hong Kong and Macau), Sahamongkol Film (Thailand) for Protagonist and MediaPro.
Australian outfit Odin’s Eye sealed deals on titles from animation franchise Tales From Sanctuary City, including The Wishmas Tree, Combat Wombat and Daisy Quokka: World’s Scariest Animal to Vertical Entertainment for the US.