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The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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Veteran Italian distributor Valerio De Paolis first came to Cannes in 1971 and slept on Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s yacht. At that time, he was working with John Heyman, the legendary British producer, talent agent and film financier who had Joseph Losey’s “The Go-Between” at the fest. There was much celebration when that pic won the Grand Prix. De Paolis subsequently founded Italy’s Bim Distribuzione, known for releasing Palmes, Lions and Bears. He maintains this knack with his new company, called Cinema, which bowed by purchasing Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi” before it won the top prize at Berlin earlier this year.
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Exclusive: Veteran is acquiring for Wild Bunch-owned Bim as well his fledgling boutique Cinema.
Rome-based De Paolis is in Cannes acquiring for both Bim, which has been fully owned by Wild Bunch since June 2014, as well as his new boutique label Cinema.
“I’m contracted to acquire four titles a year for Bim for the next three years, until 2017 and then we’ll see where I am and they are,” explained De Paolis, who founded Bim 30 years ago before selling it off progressively to Paris-based Wild Bunch from 2007 onwards.
Exclusive: Palme d’Or contender sold to more than 20 territories.
Set against the backdrop of a down-at-heel Paris suburb, the film revolves around a Tamil freedom fighter, called Dheepan, who has fled the civil war raging in his native Sri Lanka only to be confronted by urban violence in his new life in the French capital.
In Europe, Celluloid has sold the film to Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Benelux (Lumière), Scandinavia (Triart), Italy (Cinema), Iceland (Greenlight), Greece (Seven), Former Yugoslavia (2i Film), Hungary (Cirko), Poland (Solopan), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe) andRomania (Independenta 97).
In Asia, it has been for Japan (Longride Inc.), South Korea (Green Narae), Hong Kong (Edko), China (DDDream).
Elsewhere, it has also sold to Latin America (California), Australia and New Zealand (Transmission), Middle East (Front Row) and Israel (United King).
As previously announced, it has also »
“Taxi” — in which Panahi plays a Tehran cabbie driving a diverse mix of candidly confiding passengers — has rapidly been sold by Gaul’s Celluloid Dreams to: France (Memento); Italy (Cinema – Valerio De Paolis); Germany and Austria (Weltkino); Switzerland (Filmcoop); Sweden (Folkestbio); Norway (Arthaus); Poland (Solopan); Former Yugoslavia (12 Films); Baltics (Must Kasi); and Columbia (Cine Columbia).
Celluloid topper Hengameh Panahi, who is the director’s regular sales agent (no relation to the director), said she is fielding multiple offers for North America and a slew of other territories.
“Taxi” is Panahi’s third film smuggled abroad since 2010, when he was arrested by Iranian authorities and banned from moviemaking.
His other two post-ban pics are “This Is Not a Film” and “Closed Curtain,” which competed »
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Additional deals closed in Germany-Austria, Italy, Poland and Norway, among others.
Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale entry Taxi has been one of the market’s most in-demand titles for Hengameh Panahi’s Celluloid Dreams with additional deals closing in Germany-Austria (Weltkino), Italy (Cinema – Valerio De Paolis), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Sweden (Folkestbio), Norway (Arthaus), Poland (Solopan), Ex-Yugoslavia (I2 Films), Baltics (Must Kasi), Columbia (Cine Columbia).
Earlier in the market Memento snapped up French rights to the film in which banned Iranian director Panahi, who won Berlin Silver Bear awards in 2006 and 2013, turns a yellow cab into a mobile film studio with a camera placed on the dashboard.
Deals in a host of other territories are pending. »
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