Big Apple firms nail down sales


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Two New York-based companies wrapped up Saturday night with some big sales and acquisitions.

Mark Lindsay, head of N.Y.-based sales outfit Kimmel International, sold several titles. Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York" has sold to Paradiso for Benelux, Nu Metro for South Africa, Asmik-Ace for Japan, BIM Distribution for Italy, Sponge for South Korea and Best Film for Poland. His first day at AFM was his best day ever, and he said "it's much easier to have meetings with other producers and see talent here."

They had plenty of other sales on their extensive slate: Stephen Belber's romantic comedy "Management," starring Jennifer Aniston, sold to RCV for Benelux, Falcom (Germany), Village Roadshow (Greece), Nordisk (Scandinavia), Imagem (Brazil) and Quality Film (Latin America). Christian Duguay's thriller "Boot Camp" sold to Nordisk in Scandinavia, Telecinema for Spain, Nu Metro in South Africa and Germany's ProSieben.

Other Kimmel titles to go were Robert Logevall's drama "All God's Children Can Dance" to Roadshow (Greece), Aqua (Turkey), Forum Film (Israel), PT Camila (Indonesia), Sponge (South Korea). Tarsem Singh's apocalyptic thriller "Unthinkable" went to Movie-Eye (Japan), Senator (Germany), Metropolitan (France) and PT Camila (Indonesia).

Weinstein Co. president of international Glen Basner also is based on the East Coast, but found plenty of action out West. TWC acquired U.S. rights to three French thrillers from Wild Bunch: Agnes Merlet's "Dorothy Mills," Pascal Laugier's "Martyrs" and Marc Caro's sci-fi themed "Dante 01," which also included Canadian, Australian and New Zealand rights. Michal Podell and Maeva Gatineau negotiated on behalf of TWC, with Carole Baraton from Wild Bunch.

The company also picked up U.S. rights to Richard Attenborough's wartime love story "Closing the Ring," starring Shirley MacLaine, Brenda Fricker, Christopher Plummer, Mischa Barton, Neve Campbell and Pete Postlethwaite, from ContentFilm International. TWC's Barry Gordon and ContentFilm's Jamie Carmichael closed the deal.