Sales rich for 'Bank Job,' 'Lemon Tree'


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BERLIN -- Arclight's "The Bank Job," a heist thriller starring Jason Statham, has been sold in more than 40 territories worldwide.

The movie, directed by Roger Donaldson, tells the true story of a 1971 London bank robbery whose behind-the-scenes activities include murder, corruption and a sex scandal with link to the Royal Family.

The film already has been picked by Lionsgate for distribution in the U.S. and the U.K.

The deals made were with Movie-Eye Entertainment for Japan; Atlas Film + Medien for Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland; New World Films for Spain; Nordisk for Scandinavia; Castello Lopes for Portugal; Maple Pictures for Canada; Spentzos Films for Greece and Cyprus; PT Parkit for the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, Malaya and Singapore; and Bona Entertainment for China.

Other deals finalized include Media Pro for most Eastern European territories; Imagem Filmes and Telecine for Brazil; Aqua Pinema for Turkey; Gulf Film for the Middle East; Source Investments for Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands; SAMfilm for Iceland; Latin American Pay Television Service; and Entertainment in Motion for worldwide airlines.

After Saturday's screening in the Panorama section, Films Distribution has completed a number of sales for "Lemon Tree." Directed by Eran Riklis ("Syrian Bride"), "Tree" is the story of a Palestinian woman (Hiam Abbass) fighting to protect her lemon tree grove against the Israeli bureaucracy, which believes that the garden poses a threat to the defense minister and his family who move in next door. The film has been sold to Benelux (Cineart), Switzerland (Agora), Seville Pictures (Canada), Teodora (Italy), Film Trade (Greece) and Golem (Spain). Other territories are pending, with strong interest from U.S. companies.

Meanwhile, Metrodome Distribution has acquired full U.K. rights to "Before the Rains," the English-language debut of director Santosh Sivan ("The Terrorist"), from Maximum Films and Echo Lake Entertainment.