BERLIN -- Before the fireworks, there always has to be a long slow-burning fuse, but after a slow start for this year's European Film Market, the wheeling and dealing exploded with some high-profile deals.
A brace of deals lit up the market with GreeneStreet Films
due to announce a North American rights deal to Gary the Tennis Coach
, directed by Danny Leiner
and starring Seann William Scott
and Randy Quaid
Pictures. A bawdy high school comedy details the life of a janitor turned tennis coach.
And titles appearing in Competition here are also shifting off the shelves with Mike Leigh
" expected to go to Miramax
Films in the six-figure range for U.S. rights. Leigh himself described his latest movie as a light hearted comedy drama.
Elsewhere, Berlinale Competition entry "Quiet Chaos
" (Caos Calmo), directed by Antonello Grimaldi
, has spread to nine territories ahead of its official screening Wednesday.
While Leigh's buzz title "Lucky" attracted a flurry of U.S. interest before its gala screening Tuesday "Quiet Chaos" (Caos Calmo), also ahead of its official screening Wednesday, is being sold by the production company's own sales entity Fandango Portobello Sales headed by Janine Gold
. Deals struck include France (BAC), Spain (Alta), Benelux (Cineart), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Canada (Seville), Portugal (Midas), South Korea (Jin Jin
), Brazil (Imovision) and Israel (Lev). "Chaos" is produced by Fandango's Domenico Procacci
from a screenplay by Nanni Moretti
, Lauro Paolucci
and Francesca Piccolo
. It is backed by RAI Cinema, Portobello Pictures and Phoenix Film Investment and details the story of a husband and father dealing with the immediate aftermath of the sudden death of his wife.