High-profile pics fuel EFM sales

'Hallam,' 'Chatterley,' 'Red Cliff' are hot properties

As senior executives begin to pack their bags, dealmaking at the European Film Market continued apace Tuesday, notably on high-profile market titles.

Among festival fodder that has shifted so far, German distributor Prokino has snapped up German and Austrian distribution rights for David Mackenzie's Competition entry "Hallam Foe" from London sales house Independent ahead of its slot Friday.

"We have always been addicted to British cinema, and have been watching David Mackenzie from the beginning of his career," Prokino's Ira Von Gienanth said.

"Hallam" also has been picked up by Nordisk (Scandinavia), Rosebud (Greece), Monopole Pathe (Switzerland) and VTI/ Karantanija Cinemas (Former Yugoslavia). The movie will be released in the U.K. by Buena Vista. Independent also is in negotiations with several companies for U.S. rights.

Independent also has closed a deal for buzz Brit title "London to Brighton" with MK2 (France), Paradiso (Benelux), Casablanca Filmes (Brazil), Video Seven (Greece), United King (Israel), Noble Entertainment (Scandinavia) and J-Bics (Thailand).

Elsewhere in the festival, the Panorama entry "Lady Chatterley," directed by Pascale Ferran, has been snapped up by New York-based art house specialist Kino International for the U.S., completing healthy sales on the D.H. Lawrence adaptation for Paris-based Films Distribution.

Among hot market deals, John Woo's Chinese-language epic "Red Cliff" has been sold to France's Metropolitan Filmexport by Summit Entertainment. "It's the biggest movie in the market," Metropolitan chief Samuel Hadida said. "We came here to get that one movie, and we got it, so I'm very happy." "Cliff" also is understood to have been sold to Germany's Constantin, but Summit chief Patrick Wachsberger was not available for comment.

French sales house Wild Bunch continued its strong Berlin sales run on the Spanish thriller "The Orphanage," selling the title to the Weinstein Co. for the U.K., Italy and Australia. Wild Bunch also sold Morgan Spurlock's Osama bin Laden documentary to Alta Films in Spain, leaving the movie sold out in practically all major territories with the exception of Japan.

Voltage Pictures has closed a slew of deals on its market titles. Eric Red's supernatural thriller "100 Feet," starring Famke Janssen, has sold to Universum in Germany as well as to a handful of other territories. Voltage also has closed deals on David Arquette's directorial debut "The Tripper" with Splendid in Germany, Momentum in the U.K., Belga in Benelux and Quality in Mexico.

New York-based sales and finance house GreeneStreet Films International said a lot of buyers are looking for "Tenderness" during the EFM. The company has sold the Russell Crowe starrer to Mediafilm for Italy, Nordisk in Scandinavia and 21st Century in Russia. Additionally, the film has been sold to TV Azteca in Mexico and Alfa in Argentina.
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