Cannes Briefs

Intermedia has Allen; Largo acquires 'Between Strangers'

Guy East and Nigel Sinclair’s Intermedia has been appointed to handle foreign sales for Woody Allen’s latest pic “Celebrity,” extending a relationship that started with Allen’s last movie, “Deconstructing Harry.”

“Celebrity,” produced by Jean Doumanian for Sweetland Films, stars Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, Leonardo di Caprio, Melanie Griffith, Joe Mantegna and Cannes juror Winona Ryder.

The pic is in post and likely to premiere at the Venice Film Fest, following the route taken by “Deconstructing Harry.”

Intermedia will also handle international sales on a package of three other comedies produced by Doumanian: “Cherry Pink,” directed by Jason Alexander; “The Story of a Bad Boy” directed by Tom Donaghy; and “Sunburn” directed by Nelson Hume. All three are in production.

Along with “Deconstructing,” Intermedia handled foreign sales on Sweetland’s “Wild Man Blues,” “The Spanish Prisoner” and “Into My Heart,” which is currently screening at Cannes.

“We are delighted to be able to handle these exceptional films,” says Intermedia’s president of distribution Tim Haslam. “We look forward to continuing the relationship we have developed over the past 12 months with Sweetland Films.”

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Largo Entertainment has acquired the international rights to “Between Strangers,” to which Kiefer Sutherland is attached to star, Largo chairman and CEO Barr Potter announced May 15.

Pic is written and directed by Sandor Stern, whose credits include such telepics as “The Stranger Beside Me,” “Gridlock” and “Amityville: The Evil Escapes.” Jack Freedman (“Mother’s Boys”) will produce.

Based on the novel “Under the Evening Sky” by Finn Carling, the under-$10 million pic takes place on the Greek island of Mykonos and tells the story of Martin Klint (Sutherland), a troubled American tourist who dines each evening with a mysterious Englishman; after the man is forced to flee the island, Klint is left to unravel the secrets of his mysterious friend’s life, while finding a new direction for his own.

The remainder of the cast has not been set.

“Between Stranger” is slated to go before the cameras this fall in Greece.

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Seagal-Nasso Prods., the film company of action star Steven Seagal and his producing partner Julius Nasso, has announced two new pictures and launched a TV division.

In addition, Mickey Rourke and Jaye Davidson (“The Crying Game”) have signed to star in the previously announced Seagal-Nasso low-budget action-drama “Cousin Joey.”

The two new pics are “Smash and Grab,” an untitled family comedy, and “Black Top,” a David Hasselhoff-starrer that will mark the company’s first vidpic.

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Stratosphere Entertainment has inked a multipic, multiyear homevideo distribution deal with Columbia TriStar Home Video.

The deal will cover homevid rights to Stratosphere’s initial package of theatrical pics, including Pavel Chukhrai’s “The Thief,” Katja Von Garnier’s “Bandits” and Adam Bernstein’s “Six Ways to Sunday,” as well as “One Tough Cop,” directed by Martin Bregman and starring Stephen Baldwin, Chris Penn and Amy Irving.

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Artisan Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Chris Menges’ Daniel Auteuil starrer “The Lost Son.”

France’s Le Studio Canal Plus inked the deal with Artisan on May 15 for the $10 million co-production between French producer Georges Benayoun’s IMA Films and Nik Powell and Steve Woolley of London-based Scala Prods.

“The Lost Son” is Auteuil’s first English language feature and co-stars Nastassja Kinski and Katrin Cartlidge.

nBBC Films has struck a first-look deal with Michele Camarda’s Kismet Film Co., marking the first time the pubcaster’s movie arm has entered an overall relationship with an indie producer.

The first project being jointly developed is the Jo Penhall script “Love and Understanding.”

Camarda is producing David Kane’s “This Year’s Love” for Entertainment Film Distributors, starring Catherine McCormack, Ian Hart, Emily Woof, Kathy Burke, Jennifer Ehle and Douglas Henshall.

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London-based sales and financing company IAC Holdings has renewed its long-standing relationship with Davis Panzer Prods., with a deal to finance a slate of three pics.

The $30 million “Che,” based on Che Guevara’s relationship with Fidel Castro, will be directed by Roger Donaldson. “Kiss the Dark,” described as an action thriller with strong sexual undertones, will be budgeted at $20 million.

“Midnight Return” is based on the book “The Return — The Sequel to Midnight Express” by Billy Hayes. The budget is $24 million.

All these budgets include around $5 million earmarked for P&A costs. The films will be greenlit without U.S. distribution.

(Compiled by Benedict Carver, Dan Cox and Adam Dawtrey.)

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