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Following up on a buoyant year that has included an awards-season trio of hits in Carol, Brooklyn and Anomalisa, U.K. sales banner Hanway has seen its hot new European Film Market title Colette snapped up by international buyers.
The Keira Knightley-starring biopic about iconic French writer Colette, to be directed by Wash Westmoreland, was bought by Mars (France), DCM (Germany and Austria), Good Films (Italy), Transmission (Australia/New Zealand) and Tohokushinsha (Japan). Other sales included DeAPlaneta (Spain), Scanbox (Scandinavia), Sun Distribution (Latin America), Rollong & First Run (South Korea), Monolith (Poland), AQS (Czech/Slovak Republics), Discovery (Former Yugoslavia), Odeon (Greece/Cyprus), Lusomundo (Portugal), Acme (Baltics), Front Row (Middle East), Ster Kinekor (South Africa), Sundream (Hong Kong), Filmware (Taiwan) and for airlines (Jaguar). A U.K. acquisition is currently in the works.
Carol‘s Number 9 Films and Killer Films are producing Colette, with Bold Films — which backed Oscar-nominated films Nightcrawler and Whiplash — financing and co-producing.
One of France’s foremost writers, Colette rose to fame at the turn of the 20th century after it emerged that she had been writing novels published under the name of her first husband and renowned Parisian libertine, “Willy” Gauthier-Villers. After separating, Colette would rise to become widely acclaimed, publishing Cheri in 1920 and, while living through the Nazi occupation, her most famous work, Gigi, in 1944. Truman Capote wrote a short story about her, The White Rose, while Gigi has seen several stage and screen adaptations.
Filming on Colette is set to begin in May in Hungary.
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