MK2's 'Paranoid' parked in 72 territories

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PARIS -- Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park" has been soaring down the sales half-pipe, with distribution deals in 72 territories worldwide, French sales agent and distributor MK2 said Wednesday.

MK2 provided all of the financing for Van Sant's film about a young skateboarder who accidentally kills a security guard, which earned the director the Festival de Cannes' 60th Anniversary Award on Sunday.

The only U.S. film to win an award in Cannes, "Paranoid" will be released stateside by IFC Films' First Take Label simultaneously in theaters and in VOD.

The film also will be distributed in the U.K. by Tartan Films, in Italy by Lucky Red and in Spain by Vertigo.

The film also sold to Australia's Madman, Korea's Sponge Films, Argentina's Alfa and Japan's Tokyo Theaters in addition to other major territories including India, Greece, Portugal, Benelux, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Russia and Poland.

MK2 will release the film in France in October. Marin and Nathanael Karmitz's French label also has closed deals in more than 10 territories for two Directors' Fortnight titles: Danielle Arbid's "A Lost Man" and Lenny Abrahamson's "Garage," winner of the Prix Art & Essai-CICAE award for the sidebar.

Sales for the films, which will be released in France by MK2, have been confirmed in Spain, Australia, Greece, Korea and Portugal with other territories in negotiations.
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