Sales Strong as European Film Market Winds Up (Berlin)
BERLIN – There were a flurry of sales in frosty Berlin as the 2011 European Film Market began to wind down Wednesday.
Magnolia and TrustNordisk completed their third major deal for this EFM, with Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban's distribution company taking North American rights to Norwegian comedy Happy, Happy from Trust. Magnolia had earlier inked with the Scandi sales giant for U.S. rights on Lars Von Trier's upcoming Melancholia and in-production Norwegian thriller Headhunters. Magnolia is planning a summer theatrical release for Happy, Happy, Anne Sewitsky's directorial debut, which won the World Cinema Grand Jury prize in Sundance.
Asghar Farhadi's Competition title Nader & Simin: A Separation, which is widely tipped to win Berlin's Golden Bear on Saturday, sold to several European territories. Among the deals Memento Films International signed for the Iranian family drama include ones with Golem for Spain, Cineart in Benelux, Hopscotch for Australia/New Zealand and Film Laden for Austria.
Foresight Unlimited locked and loaded on Universal Solider: A New Dimension, pre-selling the fourth entry in the Jean-Claude Van Damme/ Dolph Lundgren actioner to multiple territories including Telepool in Germany, Optimum in the U.K., Nikkatsu in Japan, HGC in China, Mis Label in Scandinavian and eOne for English-speaking Canada. Sony had U.S. rights to the title. Foresight also pushed more buyers over The Ledge, the Sundance pic starring Charlie Hunnam and Liv Tyler. The drama was picked up by Swen for Latin America. Earlier deals included sales to Germany's Square One, Canada's eOne and West in Russia. IFC nabbed domestic rights on the film and will release it in the U.S. this May.