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CANNES 2008 Market / UK

British buyers conclude slew of deals

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UK buyers have been amongst the most aggressive at this year’s Cannes market as is reflected in the sheer number of deals struck. Curzon Artificial Eye has acquired Palm D’Or winner The Class [+see also:
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, Jury Prize winner Il Divo [+see also:
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, Bent Hamer’s O’Horten [+see also:
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and Wong Kar Wai’s Ashes Of Time Redux for the UK.

Optimum have taken UK rights to Radu Mihaileanu’s drama The Concert, and have also snapped up Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke, Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona [+see also:
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, Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo on the Cliff and the Un Certain Regard triptych Tokyo! directed by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Joon-ho Bong.

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Entertainment Film Distributors has secured UK rights for American comedy The Women, while new player Delanic has struck a deal for Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, Lasse Hallstrom’s remake of the 1987 Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari starring Richard Gere.

Metrodome has picked up Danish WW2 drama Flame & Citron, starring Mads Mikkelsen, which has already grossed more than £4.4 million in Denmark.

New Wave Films, started by Artificial Eye alumni Pam Engel and Robert Beeson, have acquired Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Three Monkeys [+see also:
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and the Dardenne Brothers' Lorna [+see also:
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, on the eve of the festival. The Best Director and Best Screenplay awards respectively for the films vindicate the distributor’s faith in the films.

Network have bought UK rights to Antonio Campos’s Un Certain Regard entry Afterschool, Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordan and Bruno Romy's Rumba [+see also:
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, Thomas Clay’s Soi Cowboy [+see also:
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and Pablo Larrain’s Tony Manero.

Meanwhile UK Camera D’Or winner The Hunger [+see also:
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has been picked up for the US by IFC Films.

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