Tartan picks up rights to Cannes films


LONDON -- Hamish McAlpine's Tartan films has picked up U.K. and Eire rights to eight titles from last month's Festival de Cannes, including Summit Entertainment's horror title "P2," starring Wes Bentley, the company said Thursday.

Tartan also acquired Carlos Reygadas' "Silent Light," joint winner of the Jury Prize, and Gus Van Sant's 60th anniversary prize-winning title "Paranoid Park," about a teenager who accidentally kills a security guard.

To complement the "Paranoid Park" acquisition, Tartan also has picked up "Mala Noche," Van Sant's long-unavailable and now fully restored first feature film, a gay love story about a man who falls in love with an illegal Mexican immigrant.

Tartan has extended its relationship with Korean director Kim Ki-duk by picking up the death row love story "Breath" as well as the helmer's earlier movie "Time," an obsessive love story about a woman who undergoes extensive plastic surgery to save her relationship.

Tartan previously released Kim's "The Isle," "Bad Guy" and "Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter ... and Spring."

Tartan also prebought "The Good, the Bad and the Weird," Kim Jee-Woon's epic and action-packed oriental Western set in 1930s Manchuria. The film is in production.

With the final acquisition, "I'm a Cyborg, but That's OK," Tartan has extended its relationship with Chan Wook Park after their earlier collaborations on "Lady Vengeance," "Oldboy," "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "JSA." The film centers on a girl who thinks she is a cyborg and her love affair with a fellow inmate at a psychiatric hospital.

The slate of acquisitions was completed by Tartan acquisitions boss Jane Giles and managing director Laura DeCasto.

"I'm thrilled that we've acquired eight films at this year's Cannes film festival, and particularly with the mix of titles, which I think perfectly demonstrates Tartan's range and ambition," DeCasto said.