Strand picks up 'Uncle Boonmee' for U.S.

Palme d'Or winner sold to more than 40 territories

COLOGNE, Germany -- Strand Releasing has picked up U.S. rights to Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Palme D'Or winner "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" from sales outfit The Match Factory.

Strand, which has handled the domestic release of several of the director's films, including "Syndromes and a Century" (2006), "Tropical Malady" (2004) and "Blissfully Yours" (2002), plans to bow "Uncle Boonmee" in Spring 2011.

The Match Factory has now closed deals for "Uncle Boonmee" for more than 40 territories, including Movienet in Germany, BIM for Italy, Pyramide for France, Karma for Spain, New Wave Films in the U.K. and Filmswelike for Canada.

Jon Gerrans of Strand and The Match Factory's Michael Weber negotiated the "Uncle Boonmee" deal. Previous Stand-Match deals include ones for Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven" (2007) and Jasmila Zbanic's Berlin Golden Bear winner "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams" (2006).

"Uncle Boonmee" follows a Thai man dying of kidney failure who is visited by spiritual versions of his loved ones. The film started as a multimedia project by Weerasethakul, which was commissioned by Munich's Haus der Kunst. The feature was set up as a U.K.-Thai-German-French-Spanish co-production headed by Kick the Machine Films and Illuminations Films with Anna Sanders Films, The Match Factory, Germany's GFF and Eddie Saeta in Spain.
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