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Cannes 2012: Israeli Gay Love Story 'Out in the Dark' Strong Seller for M-Appeal

The film, about a romance between an Israeli and Palestinian man, has sold for Germany and France with U.S. and U.K. deals pending.

COLOGNE, Germany -- Out in the Dark, a romantic drama from first-time Israeli director Michael Mayer, has proved a surprise sales hit for Germany's m-Appeal, which has closed multiple territories on the film following its market premiere at Cannes' Marche du Film.

Mayer's film follows the troubled love affair between two men on opposite sites of the Mid-East conflict: the Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.

M-Appeal signed deals with, among others, ProFun for German/Austrian rights and Outplay for France. Both Outplay and ProFun are planning a theatrical release for the title.

The sales group said it has received multiple offers on Out in the Dark and expects to seal deals with U.S. and U.K. distributors in the coming weeks.