Pathe 'LOL'-ing all the way to the bank

Deals at European Film Market also include 'Centurion'

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BERLIN -- Pathe International has closed a string of deals at the European Film Market on its market titles, with more pending on its festival entries, the company said Sunday.

Neil Marshall's "Centurion" has presold to Constantin in Germany, Aurum in Spain, Hopscotch in Australia, Scanbox in Scandinavia and Odeon in Greece. The ancient Britain-set actioner, which stars Michael Fassbender, will start principal photography later this month in Scotland.

Pathe also sealed deals on "LOL (Laughing Out Loud)," directed by Liza Azuelos, with Mediaset in Italy, Maywin for the CIS, Delphi in Germany and Alta in Spain. The film opened in France last week on 430 screens, grossing 550,000 euros in its first two days, the highest per-screen average of the top 10 films.

Alta also has picked up Mona Achache's "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" from Pathe, with a German deal expected to be in place before the end of the market. A German sale on Costa-Gavras' immigration tale "Eden Is West," which screens as the closing-night film here, also is close, Pathe said.

Pathe is in advanced negotiations for a Spanish sale on Stephen Frears' period romantic drama "Cheri," which screens in competition Tuesday, following early sales on the film to Lumiere for Benelux and Nordisk for Scandinavia.

Elsewhere on the Anglo-French company's slate, Jane Campion's "Bright Star" has sold to Japan.
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