Pathe cherry-picks Cannes' 'Cheri,' 'Sticks'

'Agathe Clery,' 'Trouble at Timpetill' also snagged

PARIS -- Pathe International swept the Cannes market with sales of Gallic fare including Stephen Frears' "Cheri" and French record-breaker "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis" (Welcome to the Sticks) to major territories, the sales company said Friday.

"Cheri" sold to Italy (RAI), the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, and Dany Boon's hit "Sticks" sold well across Europe, in Israel and Singapore.

Etienne Chatiliez's musical comedy "Agathe Clery" and Nicolas Bary's debut feature, "Trouble at Timpetill," were snagged by a slew of territories. Jacques Perrin and Cluzaud's "Oceans," picked up pre-festival by Disney in the U.S. also was a popular title, as were musical "Faubourg 36" and "Mes Amis, Mes Amours" based on Marc Levy's best-seller.

Jane Campion's period romance "Bright Star" sold most notably to Tobis in Germany, TVA in Canada and Golden Scene in Hong Kong.

Premiere footage of Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" and Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist" saw presales across Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Jon Harris' "The Descent 2," James Watkins' "Eden Lake," Miguel Courtois' "Skate or Die" and Saul Dibb's "The Duchess" also sold well.

Pathe International is negotiating a North American deal for Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas' "Linha de Passe."