Germans buy big in Cannes

Senator, Kinowelt seal deals

MUNICH -- Although many complained of a slow market at Cannes this year, German distributors went on a shopping spree.

Senator Film picked up Sam Mendes' latest untitled project as well as Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, "Whip It!" and the high-budget "Public Enemy No. 1" from Jean-Francois Pichet.

Kinowelt will release the fifth film in the horror franchise "Saw" in the fall, and snapped up the James Toback biopic "Tyson" as well as the latest Mike Myers comedy, "The Love Guru."

Concorde secured Cannes winner "The Class" and Barry Levinson's Hollywood satire "What Just Happened?" and Prokino got the latest Richard Gere starrer, "Hachiko: A Dog's Story," from Lasse Hallstrom.

Tobis, which already has the next Joel and Ethan Coen film -- "Burn After Reading" -- on its schedule, also will provide a German home for the brothers' next project.