Berlin Briefs

BERLIN – Le Studio Canal Plus has sold Berlin competition entry “Jeanne et le Garcon Formidable” to Japan, Russia, Belgium and Yugoslavia, and is in negotiations with buyers in Switzerland and Germany. Canal Plus has also tied up deals for “Trop (peu) d’amour” – which screened in competition last Friday – with Russia, Switzerland, Belgium, Hong Kong and Yugoslavia.

U.S. production and distribution company Trimark has acquired the U.S. rights to Alex de la Iglesia’s “Perdita Durango.”

Lions Gate Films has bought the rights to U.S. helmer Joe Carnahan’s low-budget “Blood Guts Bullets & Octane,” which is screening in Forum.

Indie distrib Kinowelt has acquired the German rights to Berlin competition entry “Girl’s Night” and Emma Thompson starrer “The Winter Guest.”

French company MK2 Diffusion announced in Berlin that it is selling French helmer Claude Chabrol’s upcoming pic “The Color of Lie.” The $8 million thriller will star Sandrine Bonnaire and Jacques Gamblin. A Marin Karmitz production, the film begins shooting in Brittany this spring.

TF1 Intl. has picked up the world distribution rights to “En cas de Malheur” and Raquel Welch starrer “What I Did for Love.” The French sales company also has acquired the rights (excluding France, the U.S. and other English-speaking territories) to Dan Rosen’s Sundance entry “Dead Man’s Curve.” TF1 has sold “Taxi” to Tobis in Germany, Cecchi Gori in Italy and Comstock in Japan.

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