Ben Wheatley, Andrea Arnold, Whit Stillman titles sell for Protagonist
4 March, 2016 | By Tom Grater
The sales company has closed a raft of deals on six titles following EFM.
UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has revealed a raft of EFM deals, including sales on Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Oren Moverman’s The Dinner, and Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship.
Starring recent Oscar-winner Brie Larson alongside Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Sharlto Copley, Wheatley’s gangster drama Free Fire has sold to France (Metropolitan Filmexport), CIS and Baltics (Volga Film), the Middle East (Front Row Entertainment) and Indonesia (Queen) with a Japan deal imminent.
The film previously secured a raft of pre-sales, including Sony Worldwide signing a multi-territory deal.
Moverman’s The Dinner, his adaptation of Herman Koch’s novel of the same name, stars Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall.
Having been introduced to the market at EFM, sales on the title have now been closed in Italy (Videa), Spain (Dea Planeta), Japan (Phantom Film), South Korea (Green Narae), Latin America (California Filmes), Greece and Turkey (Tanweer), the Middle East (Front Row Entertainment), Israel (Lev Film), Central and Eastern Europe (Freeman Distribution, Monolith and Blitz Film & Video Distribution), and for airlines (Penny Black Media).
Protagonist has also inked deals on four additional titles.
Whit Stillman’s period comedy Love & Friendship, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, has sold to Italy (Academy 2), Germany (KSM), Poland and Israel (Forum Films), Australia and New Zealand (Transmission), Scandinavia (NonStop Entertainment), Switzerland (Frenetic Films), Portugal (Zon Lusomundo), Former Yugoslavia (Karantanija), Turkey (Movieturk), South Korea (Sookie Pictures), Taiwan (Proview), Asia PTV (Fox), Latin America (California Filmes), Canada (Cinetic Media, brokered by Mongrel Media) and for airlines (Jaguar Distribution).
Deals are also imminent for Spain and China, while producer deals have been struck for France (Sophie Dulac Distribution) and Benelux (Cineart).
Fish Tank director Andrea Arnold’s latest film, Shia LaBeouf-starring comedy-drama American Honey, has sold to France (Diaphana Distribution), Latin America (Sun Distribution), Benelux (Cineart), South Korea (T Cast), Israel (Lev), the Middle East (Front Row Entertainment), Turkey (Kurmaca) and Former Yugoslavia (MCF).
Adam Smith’s Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson-starring crime drama Trespass Against Us has added sales in Italy (Videa) and South Korea (Green Narae) to multiple territories closed previously.
David Farr’s The Ones Below, which premiered in Berlin’s Panorama strand, has sold to Latin America (Impacto Cine), Israel (Lev), France (Septieme Factory/Seven Sept), Spain (Corbi Media), Portugal (Zon Lusomundo), Turkey (Mars Production), Middle East (Front Row Entertainment), China (DDDream), South Korea (Sidus), Asia PTV (Fox), and for airlines (Penny Black Media).
Protagonist are in negotiations for deals in Italy and Canada on the title, which previously sold to Icon for the UK and Magnolia for the US.
Mike Goodridge, CEO of Protagonist, commented on the deals: ““The independent market felt reinvigorated at Berlin. We have been striving to work with the most original and assured film-makers and I feel that at Sundance and Berlin, we offered the fruits of those efforts to the marketplace.”
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