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Dustin Hoffman's Directorial Debut Picked Up for U.K. (Cannes 2011)

HanWay seals deal with Lionsgate for distribution of Mike Newell's "Great Expectations" as well.

CANNES -- Momentum has taken U.K. rights to Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet which is set to shoot this Autumn in a deal struck with U.K.-based sales and finance house HanWay Films.

Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Maggie Smith are aboard the project produced by Finola Dwyer and Stewart Mackinnon from a script by Ronald Harwood. It details the story of an quartet who reunite for a one-off concert, stirring up old secrets and drama. And Mike Newell’s Great Expectations starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irvine is hopeful of living up to its name after HanWay sealed a deal with Lionsgate for U.K. distribution.

The sales banner also inked memos on the high profile Charles Dickens’ project for Germany [Senator], Italy [Videa] and Korea [Daisy].

And Lionsgate also acquired Michael Hoffman’s Girls' Night Out for the U.K. and Canada while the movie goes to Australia/New Zealand [Transmission/Paramount] and Italy [Videa], Hanway said.
Also coming to British shores is Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Mickey Rourke, which was coralled by Momentum Pictures for the U.K. and by parent company Alliance for Canada. The movie will also be landing with Wild Side for France, Carmen Film for Russia and Hopscotch for Australia. Deals in Germany, Italy and Scandinavia are in negotiation.

Elswehere, a deal was sealed for Icon Film Distribution to take U.K. rights to home invasion thriller You’re Next.

CinemaNX’s U.K. box office hit TT3D went to Scandinavia [Smile], Korea [Darae] and Australia/NZ [Icon]. NX”s The Decoy Bride went to Italy [Videa] Australia [Pinnacle] and Brazil [Mares].
Kon Tiki, currently in production, sails to Germany [Delphi] and Australia/New Zealand [Transmission]. Scandinavian powerhouse Nordisk are co-producing.

And Hanway sealed a duo of Asian deals for Oscar winner Kevin MacDonald’s Life in a Day film which unspooled in Berlin, selling to Japan [IMG] and Korea [Korean Film Centre].

Continuing HanWay’s foray into 3D and box office hit Pina has concluded its world wide sell out by going to Italy [BIM] and Canda [Mongrel].

Takashi Miike’s Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, repped by Hanway, is showing in Official Competition later this week.