Cannes: Kate Winslet-Saoirse Ronan Romantic Drama 'Ammonite' Lands Deals in France, Germany

Credit: See-Saw Films
'Ammonite'

See-Saw Films also struck distribution pacts for the Francis Lee-helmed period film in Switzerland and Japan.

As the Cannes market kicked off, See-Saw Films struck a raft of deals for its film Ammonite.

The Kate Winslet-Saoirse Ronan romantic drama has sold to France (Pyramide), Germany/Austria (Tobis), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Japan (Gaga) and Echo Lake Distribution for worldwide airlines.

The deals coincide with the film wrapping production in the U.K. Inspired by the life of the Victorian-era paleontologist Mary Anning (Winslet), the story is set in 1840s England and revolves around the intense relationship between the infamous fossil hunter and a young woman (Ronan) sent to convalesce by the sea.

Francis Lee directed the film and wrote the screenplay. See-Saw developed the project with BBC Films and the BFI.

See-Saw's Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (Widows, Lion, Shame) produced alongside Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (Lady Macbeth). The film is being co-financed by the BFI and BBC Films, with Mary Burke, Rose Garnett, Zygi Kamasa and Simon Gillis executive producing. 

The deals supplement major presales already announced, including in the U.K. (Lionsgate), Australia and New Zealand (Transmission) and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions taking Asia, Italy, Latin America, the Middle East, Scandinavia, South Africa, Spain and Turkey and all other international territories. Transmission previously inked a deal for Australia and New Zealand.

Cross City Films and CAA Media Finance are repping the film in Cannes for North American sales.