'Vacation' unwinding at EFM

Brazilian title goes to 5 territories

With sales on Competition movies yet to heat up, Brazilian film "The Year my Parents Went on Vacation" directed by Cao Hamburger is one of the titles selling fast.

Paris-based Films Distribution has sold the 1970s political coming-of-age drama to the five-territory buyers' collective Indie Circle, which comprises Haut et Court in France, Italy's Lucky Red, Switzerland's Frenetic and Cineart for Belgium and the Netherlands. And Vertigo acquired the film for Spain. A U.S. deal is in discussions and likely to close in the next day or two, according to Films' sales co-chief Francois Yon.

2929 International signed one of the few major deals of the market so far, selling several major territories for Barry Levinson's "What Just Happened?."

The comedy, which stars Robert De Niro, Stanley Tucci, Bruce Willis and John Turturro, was picked up by Telemunchen for Germany, Medusa in Italy, TF1 in France and Manga in Spain.

Germany's Beta Cinema printed out several territory sales on Competition title "The Counterfeiters," with Benelux going to ABC/Cinemien, Europa Filmes taking Brazil and J-Bics acquiring rights for Thailand.

Outside of competition, one picture generating lots of market interest is romantic comedy "Two Days in Paris" from actress-turned-director Julie Delpy, which is screening in Panorama. French sales company Rezo International expects to sell out practically all world territories on the picture during the EFM, with a North American deal imminent. New Line co-chief Bob Shaye has screened the film, which stars Delpy, Adam Goldberg and Daniel Bruhl, and several other U.S. distributors are interested. All European territories have been sold except Spain and the U.K., the latter of which will be sold after the U.S., according to rezo sales chief Laurent Danielou. "We're very happy," he said.

Meanwhile among market titles, French distributor StudioCanal has acquired of the Sundance hit "The Signal" for French-speaking Europe from Los Angeles-based Shoreline Entertainment. It's the second significant deal for Shoreline during the first days of this year's EFM, having just announced its deal with Contender for the U.K. theatrical rights on Alan Moyle's "Weirdsville."

Written and directed by David Bruckner, Jacob Gentry and Dan Bush, "The Signal" is a three-part story about a mysterious signal being transmitted from all media devices in the city of Terminus, provoking murder and madness within the psyches of its inhabitants.

Magnolia Pictures picked up theatrical rights in January to Shoreline's horror film in North America, the U.K. and Australia following the midnight screening of "The Signal" in Sundance.

In another Sundance pick-up here, David Sington's space-race winner of the documentary award, "In the Shadow of the Moon" has been acquired by Madman Entertainment for Australia and New Zealand. The title was originally commissioned by U.K. broadcaster Channel 4's Hamish Mykura and Louisa Bolch, and produced by Duncan Copp at Dox Productions in association with John Battsek's Passion Pictures. The filmmakers have used carefully restored previously unseen NASA footage and candid in-depth interviews with the surviving astronauts.

The Madman deal was brokered by Channel 4 International's Nada Cirjanic, who is selling all rights worldwide excluding North America, where ThinkFilm has theatrical rights.

Beta also racked up sales on German comedy "Mein Fuehrer - The Truly Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler," which went to Videa for Italy, Best Hollywood for Hungary, LNK for Portugal and Monolith for Poland. In total, the controversial comedy, screening in the Berlinale's German Cinema section, has sold to more than 15 territories.

German distributor MFA has picked up German theatrical and video rights to Beta title "Salvador," which features German star Daniel Bruhl.

Scott Roxborough and Stuart Kemp contributed to this story.
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