Cannes 2012: HanWay Films Racks up Record-Breaking Marche Du Film

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LONDON – British sales and finance operation HanWay Films said it orchestrated 200-plus deals across its sales slate during this year's Marche du Film in Cannes.

HanWay managing director Thorsten Schumacher described the volume of business done during this year's Riviera-set market as "record figures," pointing to the fact the unit more than doubled sales from last year's Cannes.

"We've also had the most financially successful market in our company's history," Schumacher said, noting "this level of success is really a testament to our strong and efficient team and to our invaluable producer relationships."

HanWay Films chairman and Oscar winning producer Jeremy Thomas added: "Hanway is doing a terrific job selling my films and those of so many other great directors, producers and companies."

Hanway "virtually sold out its Cannes slate" with multiple deal memos including those inked for the Jude Law starrer Dom Hemingway from Recorded Picture Company which is due to shoot in September.

The picture pre-sold for the U.K. (Lionsgate), CIS (DT Productions), Australia (Transmission) Latin America (Swen), Scandinavia (Mis. Label), Israel (United King), Turkey (Mars Distribution), Middle East (Front Row), Ex-Yugoslavia (Cinemania), Hungary and Romania (Pro Rom), Czech Republic (AQS), South Korea (KT&G) and Taiwan (Catchplay).

The movie adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel A Long Way Down, starring Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette to be directed by Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker) and produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey also went to Lionsgate for the U.K. and German speaking Europe (DCM), Scandinavia (Svensk) Benelux (Benelux Film Distributors), Latin America (Swen), Israel (United King), Poland (Best Film), Czech Republic & Hungary (EEAP), Ex-Yugoslavia (Cinemania) and Middle East (Front Row).

The Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska starrer Carol, adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel and to be produced by Number 9 Films' Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley sold to France (TF1/UGC), Australia (Icon), Latin America (Swen), Benelux (Cinemien) and Switzerland (Monopole Pathe).

Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska, from Recorded Picture Company, which starts shooting in July sold to Spain (Vertigo), CIS (Carmen), Scandinavia (Non Stop), Australia (Madman), Japan (Longride), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Poland (Gutek), Israel (United King), Greece (Odeon), Ex Yugoslavia (Cinemania), Hungary (EEAP), Middle East (Front Row) and Airlines (Jaguar).

Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths last remaining sales were tied up for Germany (DCM), Scandinavia (Nordisk), Switzerland (Monopole Pathe), Poland (Best Film), Taiwan (Catchplay), Israel (United King), South Africa (Video Vision),Singapore (Cathay) and Airlines (Jaguar).

Michael Hoffman’s Girls’ Night Out from Ecosse Films also inked its last outstanding deals in Germany (Concorde), Spain (Vertigo), CIS (Carmen), Switzerland (Impuls), Benelux (Benelux Film Distributors), Hungary & Czech Republic (EEAP), Hong Kong (Sundream), South Africa (Nu Metro) Ex Yugoslavia (Cinemania) and Airlines (Jaguar).

Bernardo Bertolucci’s Me and You which screened Out of Competition, added deals in Japan (Broadmedia), Australia (Palace) and Latin America (California Films) and Daniel Stamm’s supernatural chiller The Darkness went to UK (Icon) and Germany (Koch) amongst others.

Other projects flying off Hanway shelves included Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd comedy Lucky Dog, Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet, Mike Newell's Great Expectations and epic adventure Kon Tiki.

Hanway also boarded Tracks, starring Mia Wasikowska from See-Saw producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning towards the end of the festival.

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