'Gigante' makes giant leap from Berlin

Adrian Biniez's debut lines up distribution deals

COLOGNE, Germany -- Adrian Biniez's "Gigante" is close to a U.S. deal after picking up two Silver Bears, including the Jury Grand Prix, at the Berlin International Film Festival. German sales group the Match Factory said a domestic deal for "Gigante" is imminent.

Biniez's debut, about a gentle giant who, while working as a security guard at an Argentinean supermarket, falls in love with a young cleaning woman, has already sold to some 20 territories including Neue Visionen in Germany, Ocean in France, Golem in Spain, Sejong in South Korea and Gateno Films in Peru.

The Match Factory also lined up sales for Golden Bear winner "The Milk of Sorrow" from Peruvian director Claudia Llosa with deals for Sweden (Folkets Bio), Norway (Arthaus), Poland (Manana) and the Former Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom) and negotiations underway for Germany, France, Italy and Latin America, among others.

Other deals signed at this year's European Film Market include presales for Fatih Akin's upcoming comedy "Soul Kitchen" for Italy (BIM), Spain (Golem), Benelux (Cineart) and Brazil (Imovision) and deals for Yesim Ustagolu's "Pandora's Box" with Germany (Kairos Filmverleih), Portugal (Atalanta) and Colombia (Cine Colombia). The Match Factory is also in negotiations for a U.S. deal for Andreas Dresen's critical hit "Cloud 9."