Seville grabs Christal titles


TORONTO -- Canadian distributor Seville Pictures has received court permission to acquire the domestic rights to 27 films from a reorganizing Christal Films.

The Quebec Superior Court on Friday approved a bid from Montreal-based Seville to take over the distribution contracts to the Christal titles, which include Kim Nguyen's "Truffe," which bows Aug. 22, Philippe Falardeau's "C'est pas moi je le jure," Erik Canuel's "Cadavres" and Jaco van Dormel's "Mr. Nobody," which stars Diane Kruger, Jared Leto and Sarah Polley.

In May, Christal Films secured court protection from its creditors after losing a sublicensing deal for the Quebec market with Maple Pictures and Lionsgate.

Terms of the deal, which will enlarge Seville's share of the Quebec distribution market compared with Alliance Vivafilm, were not disclosed.