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Matthew Warchus’ humor-laced ensemble comedy “Pride,” sold by Pathe, has lured a flurry of key-territory buyers in the run up to its world preem in Directors’ Fortnight.

Inspired by true events that took place during the Margaret Thatcher era in 1984, “Pride” follows a group of gay and lesbian activists who help striking miners.

Pic, which toplines Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, has been acquired by distributors Senator (Germany), Teodora Film (Italy), Hopscotch (Australia) and Lev (Israel).

“It’s a film that’s inspirational, punchy and fun; and it resonates with contemporary events in many parts of the world,” said Muriel Sauzay, Pathe’s head of international sales. Pathe will distribute in France, U.K. and Switzerland.

At Cannes, Pathe is also pre-selling Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” (“La Giovinizza”), with Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda. Sorrentino’s follow-up to Oscar-winning “The Great Beauty, »

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