MacKenzie is 'snow' man

Red-hot Scottish director David Mackenzie ("Hallam Foe") has boarded the psychological drama "Stain in the Snow," an adaptation of the 1948 novel by Georges Simenon, which Germany's Studio Hamburg International is producing. Studio Hamburg is developing the script together with Chorion, the U.K.-based executors of the Simenon estate. Set in an unnamed country obviously based on Nazi-occupied France, the novel is about a naive boy who descends into psychosis and depravity.

Axiom takes up 'Shooting'

U.K. indie distributor Axiom Films has secured all U.K. rights to Wim Wenders' Competition title "The Palermo Shooting." The movie, already presold to France, Germany and Italy, is being sold by London-based sales and finance house Hanway Films. The film details the story of a photographer, played by German punk star Campino, who goes on a road trip after his life falls apart, ending up in Sicily.

'l'Aventure' begins for IFC

IFC Films has pre-bought U.S. rights to Jean-Claude Brisseau's French drama "à l'Aventure" in the Cannes market. The film, which will debut on the film fest circuit this fall, follows a sexually frustrated woman drawn into hypnosis that provides her with orgasmic ecstasy. The distributor picked up Brisseau's Directors' Fortnight entry "Secret Things" in 2006. IFC's Jonathan Sehring made the deal with Films Distribution's Francois Yon and Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.

Buyers party with 'Story'

Miriam Kruishoop's upcoming romantic comedy "Sam's Story," starring Neve Campbell and Gabriel Macht, has been snatched up by international buyers, with Telepool grabbing the Velvet Octopus title for Germany, Ssamzie securing South Korean rights and Blue Sky taking Eastern Europe. The story of a superficial London party girl who falls for a dedicated single dad also has sold to Turkey (Chantior Films), Portugal (Lusomundo), Benelux (BFD) and the Middle East (ECS). "Sam's Story" will mark Kruishoop's English-language debut. The young Dutch director has been a sought-after helmer since her debut film "De Sliva" won the Citroen Award at the Netherlands Film Festival in 1996.

knight time for Purefoy

James Purefoy is in negotiations to star as a Knight Templar in the period actioner "Ironclad," the first film from the newly minted production, financing and sales entity Mythic International Entertainment. Paul Giamatti is circling a role in the $30 million project, which is being helmed by Jonathan English ("Minotaur"). Based on a true story, "Ironclad" is set in 13th century England and would feature Purefoy as a knight who opposes Giamatti's King John. Richard Attenborough, Pete Postlethwaite, Angus Macfadyen and Colm Meany also have joined the project, set to begin filming this fall in Europe. Co-producing with Mythic are Zephyr Films and Picture Park.