Cannes 2012: Pathe Closes More Than 100 Film Deals

Buyers embrace "Zarafa"
Buyers embrace "Zarafa"
 Pathe

French sales giant Pathé International described this year's Marche du Film as "a stellar Cannes" inking 100 deals across its slate of titles.

Denis Villeneuve’s An Enemy, billed as a a gripping, mysterious psychological thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon and Isabella Rossellini has been sold to Russia (Carmen), Middle East (Phars), Turkey (BIR Films), Latin America (Imagem), Thailand (M Pictures), South Korea (Noori), Portugal (Lusomondo), Greece (Video Seven), Isreal (Orlando), Indonesia (PT Amero).

And writer and director Christophe Gans' adaptation of the classic love story La Belle et Le Bete (Beauty and the Beast), starring Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux and Gérard Depardieu also proved popular with international buyers.

Pathe inked deal for Russia (West Video), South Korea (Unikorea), Spain (Dea Planeta), Greece ( Feel Good Entertainment), Middle East (Phars), Czech & Slovak Republic (Hollywood Classic)  and Hungary (MTVA), Indonesia (PT Amero).

Le Prenom (What's In A Name?) sold to Russia (Daro), Greece (Filmtrade), Argentina (Telexcel) and Hungary (MTVA) in Cannes, following its successful outing during the European Film Market where it posted sales to Germany (Warner), Italy (Eagle) and Spain (Vertigo).

Romcom Un Bonheur N'arrive Jamais Seul (Happiness Never Comes Alone) starring Sophie Marceau and Gad Elmaleh, got picked up for Germany (Senator), Russia (Daro), Spain (Dea Planeta), Turkey (Chantier), Middle East (Phars), Czech & Slovak Republic (Hollywood Classic), Portugal (Lusomondo), Greece (Video Seven), Hong Kong (Deltamac) and Thailand (M Picture).

Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilam, already a hit taking 61 million in box office in France, Belgium and Switzerland will roll out in Indonesia (MT Entertainment).

Following its world debut during the Berlinale in 2012, animated feature Zarafa, directed by Rémi Bezançon and Jean Christophe Lie, sold to Russia (West Video), Germany (Alamode), South Korea (Uni Korea), Hungary (MTVA), Greece (FilmTrade) and Romania (Metropolis).

A U.S. deal is pending, Pathe said.

Comedy Bowling, directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, has been sold to Germany (Alamode), Middle East (Phars), Turkey (Chantier), Greece (Feel Good Entertainment), Israel (Orlando).

In addition to the US deal with Cohen Media Group, as well as previous sales in Germany (Square one), Lusomundo (Portugal), Russia (Paradise), Poland (Best film), Brazil (Playarte), Middle East (Phras), Chantier (Turkey), India (Picture works) -- first-time director Omid Nooshin’s thriller Last Passenger has been sold in Cannes to Japan (CCC), Mexico (Santo Domingo), Argentina (Dist Co), Columbia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia will be handled by Eurofilms.

The second film from young director Nicolas Bary starring Bérénice Béjo, Raphael Personnaz and Emir Kusturica, Au Bonheur Des Ogres, sold to the Middle East (Phars), Turkey (BIR Films) and Greece (Video Seven).

"We have found that in the current economic climate distributors are looking for unique and intelligent projects to connect with their audiences," said executive vice president of international sales Muriel Sauzay. "Our focus is to continue to supply titles, from ambitious film-makers, of the highest quality.” 

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