J&M jumpin’ at Mifed

MILAN — Officially Mifed still has two days to run, but in reality the serious trading ended Wednesday as the big buyers prepared to leave town and the leading sales companies hustled to close their final deals.

J&M Entertainment inked a seven-film deal with Filmax in Spain, including all of its latest titles, which include “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” John Boorman’s “The General” and Jeremy Thomas’ directorial debut, “All the Little Animals.”

The company also sold “The Dancer Upstairs” and “Serpent’s Kiss” to Dan Film in Scandinavia, and “20,000 Leagues” and “The Leading Man” to Scanbox for the same region. NTV Profit signed a multipic deal for Russia and Euroart bought J&M’s “Ocean Tribe” for Germany.

Intermedia Film Equities reported that it has now virtually sold out worldwide on “Jackie,” its Jacqueline du Pre biopic, and the Gwyneth Paltrow project “Duets.”

Film Four Intl. also cleared up most outstanding territories on its current hot title, Nick Hamm’s “Martha — Meet Frank, Daniel and Lawrence,” with deals in Scandinavia, Russia, Iceland, South Africa and Israel, and firm offers from Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. JVC of Japan pre-bought Tim Roth’s upcoming debut as a helmer, “War Zone.”

Buyer interest was intense in three titles currently in production from France’s Pandora Cinema — Rose Troche’s “Bedrooms and Hallways,” the Minnie Driver starrer “The Governess” and Carlos Saura’s “Tango.”

But the French company is so confident about the trio that it was telling buyers not even to bother bidding until the three pics are ready to screen in the next few months.

New York-based Shooting Gallery sold five pics to Spain’s Lola Films, which is returning to the distribution game, and also took an option on Shooting Gallery’s slate for next year. RCV of Benelux bought two pics from MDP Worldwide, “Free Money” and Stephan Elliott’s “Eye of the Beholder.”

Good Machine Intl. followed up its strong run of deals (Daily Variety, Oct. 22) by closing a seven-pic package with Spain’s Lauren Film.

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