by Ali Jaafar
Protagonist Pictures has closed additional sales on its Cannes slate. The company has now sold out on Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, selling Canada to Elevation Pictures. Deadline previously broke news of the multi-territory deal struck by Focus Features at Cannes as well as sales to Diaphana for France, Cineart for Benelux, Sun Distribution for Latin America, Lev/Shani for Israel, Gutek for Poland, Front Row Entertainment for the Middle East, T Cast for Korea, Kurmaca for Turkey, MCF for Former Yugoslavian territories and Iqiyi for China.
Clio Barnard’s Dark River, her follow-up to the much-lauded The Selfish Giant, has presold to Ad Vitam for France, September Film for Benelux, Strada for Greece, and Front Row Entertainment for the Middle East. The film, which will star Ruth Wilson, goes into production this month in the UK.
Un Certain Regard buzz U.S. title The Transfiguration from first-time director Michael O’Shea sold to Soda Pictures for the UK and Canada, Xenix for Switzerland, Bir for Turkey, Front Row Entertainment in the Middle East. Oren Moverman’s The Dinner, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Steve Coogan, sold to Icon for Australia and New Zealand. The North American deal with The Orchard, negotiated by WME, closed during Cannes. Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire sold the last of its key territories with Splendid Film taking German-speaking Europe, Benelux and Switzerland.
eOne has snapped up rights for the UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand on Richard Loncraine’s romantic comedy Finding Your Feet which stars Imelda Staunton.
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