Miramax buys bundle of o'seas rights to 'Station'

PARK CITY, Utah — Miramax has acquired distribution rights in several foreign territories to Brazilian director Walter Salles’ Sundance premiere “Central Station” for a reported $1.2 million.

The film, produced by Oscar-winning Swiss-based producer Arthur Cohn, tells of a young boy whose mother is killed and an older woman who befriends him and helps him search for his father in the northeast of Brazil.

Grab bag

Miramax Intl. will handle distribution of the film in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Central and South America (except Brazil), Africa, Eastern Europe, Greece and the Middle East.

Several territories, including some in Western Europe, remain available.

Attorney Tom Garvin represented Salles in the deal.

Sony takes U.S.

Miramax had previously made an even larger bid for worldwide rights to the film, but domestic rights instead went to Sony Pictures Classics for about $500,000 (Daily Variety, Jan.15).

Salles’ most recent feature, “Foreign Land,” screened at Sundance in 1996.

Cohn’s producing credits include Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Black and White in Color” and Vittorio De Sica’s “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.”

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