Memento enjoys successful sales with Moll’s The Monk
by Fabien Lemercier
25/06/2010 - With shooting about to wrap up in the Aude and Pyrénées Orientales regions, Dominik Moll’s French/Spanish co-production The Monk starring Vincent Cassel, Déborah François, Sergi Lopez and Geraldine Chaplin (see news) has already been sold for about a dozen territories by Memento Films International. Added to the line-up of Emilie Georges and Tanja Meissner’s team at the Film Market at the recent Cannes Festival, the film has been bought for the United Kingdom (Metrodome), Benelux (Lumiere Distribution), Portugal (Ecofilmes), Hungary (Mokép), the Czech Republic and Slovakia (North Video), Russia, Taiwan, Singapore and Korea.
Launched at the Berlinale, sales for Pawel Pawlikowski’s French/UK/Polish co-production The Woman In the Fifth (see news) are also continuing with zest. After being bought for the United Kingdom (Artificial Eye), Scandinavia (Svensk AB), Greece (Nutopia), Turkey, the Middle East, Israel, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan, the feature starring Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas and Joanna Kulig has been acquired for Benelux (Cinéart), Hungary (Cinetel) and South America.
The two titles in Memento’s line-up which were unveiled in Official Selection at Cannes have also garnered excellent results. Julie Bertucelli’s The Tree [trailer, film focus], starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, has been sold for Germany (Pandora Films), Spain (Golem), the United Kingdom (Artificial Eye), Austria (Polyfilm), Denmark (Camera Film), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Norway (Arthaus), Hungary (Cirko Film), the Baltic countries (Incognito Films), Russia, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Singapore and Korea, with negotiations well underway for Japan and the United States. The Tree had already been pre-sold at the Berlinale for Portugal (Atalanta Filmes), Greece (Nutopia), Israel, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Middle East and Brazil.
Meanwhile, Gilles Marchand’s French/Belgian co-production Black Heaven [trailer, film focus] has benefitted from its Cannes screenings and been sold for the UK (Arrow), Spain (Silenzio), Portugal (Clap Filmes), the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe), Austria (Polyfilm), Indonesia, Korea, Canada, Australia and the United States (IFC). These sales are added to those clinched at Berlin, in particular for Germany (Koch Media).
Finally, French director Coline Serreau’s documentary Think Global, Act Rural has been bought by Alamode for Germany and Austria, Imagine for Benelux, Agora for Switzerland, as well as for Australia and New Zealand.
(Translated from French)