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Sales at the Berlin Film Market


The biggest French international sales companies present at the European Film Market in Berlin last week came out with excellent results. On top of the list, Wild Bunch and Studio Canal were particularly successful within this year’s very fruitful market.
Régis Wargnier’s Man to manMan to man, screened on the opening night, was sold by Vincent Maraval for Wild Bunch to over 20 countries (Lauren Films, for instance, bought it for Spain). Wild Bunch kept selling Arnaud Desplechin’s Rois et Reine (sold to Fandango for Italy), while starting, successfully, the sales of Combien tu gagnes? by Bertrand Blier, starring Gérard Depardieu and Monica Bellucci (it was bought by Bim for Italy, Best Hollywood for Hungary, Monolith for Poland, Hollywood Classic for Greece and the Czech Republic). Also to be found in the company’s line-up, Abel Ferrara’s latest project, Mary, starring Juliette Binoche and Forest Whitaker (coproduced by the Italian company Baraonda). This film appealed to many buyers, amongst whom we find the French Pan Européenne and the Greek Prooptiki. Last but not least, Iberia, Carlos Saura’s latest film, got excellent results (especially in Japan), and so did Sexe et philosophie by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Edmond by Stuart Gordon, and The Wayward Cloud by Tsai Ming Liang.

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Studio Canal and its international sales manager Muriel Sauzay also have much to rejoice about. Indeed, Costa Gavras’ Le Couperet has had a very good start : it was bought by Scandinavia (Sandrew Metronome), Portugal, Italy (Fandango), and Switzerland. Cédric Klapish’s next film, Les poupées russes also got excellent results, especially in Europe, since it was sold to Germany(Tobis), Italy (Bim), Portugal, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Rumania, Russia, and the Baltic states. Finally, Les sœurs fâchées continued to attract new buyers, such as, again, Germany (Arsenal).

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(Translated from French)

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