Palme d'Or winner 'Boonmee' sells worldwide
Film goes to several territories, including U.K. and CanadaCOLOGNE, Germany – Palme d'Or winner "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" from Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul has charmed buyers worldwide, with sales agent and "Uncle Boonmee" co-producer The Match Factory inking multiple deals coming out of the market in Cannes.
Match Factory sold "Uncle Boonmee" to Pyramide Distribution in France, New Wave Films in the U.K., Karma Films in Spain and BIM Distribuzione for Italy. Match closed most of Europe for the title, with deal memos signed for Benelux (Contact Film), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Denmark (Sunrise Distribution), Norway (Arthaus), Portugal (Midas Films), Switzerland (Trigon), Austria (Stadtkino Wien) and Czech and Slovak Republic (Artcam) among many others.
Weerasethakul's whimsical, spiritual drama follows the title character Uncle Boomee who, diagnosed with a terminal illness, makes a trip back through the jungle to a mysterious cave, the birthplace of his first life.
"Uncle Boonmee" was set up as a Brit-Thai-French-German-Spanish co-production with Weerasethakul's Kick the Machine shingle, U.K.-based Illuminations Past Lives, France's Anna Sanders Film, German producers The Match Factory and GFF and Spain's Eddie Saeta.
The Palme d'Or winner is the second co-production from Match, following Yesim Ustaoglu's "Pandora's Box," winner of the 2008 Golden Shell in San Sebastian. Match is on a role when it comes to A-Festivals. Turkish drama "Bal" ("Honey"), a Match Factory pickup, won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in February.
In separate deals, Match Factory sold Christoph Hochhausler's Un Certain Regard title "The City Below" to Bodega Films for France, ABC Distribution for Benelux and United King for Israel and inked memos for Director's Fortnight feature "The Light Thief" by Aktan Arym Kubat to ZED Distribution in France, Trigon in Switzerland, Filmswelike in Canada and ABMIC for Brasil.