AFM brief

Overseas Filmgroup has finalized licensing agreements in a handful of territories for “Greenfingers,” a drama starring Helen Mirren (TV’s “Prime Suspect”) and Clive Owen (“Croupier”).

MGM has licensed the pic for the U.K., while Alliance has bought rights for Canada and Sagittaire has locked up French rights. Other deals included Gaga in Japan, Planeta in Spain, BVI in Scandinavia, Cattley in Italy, RMD in Greece, Ster Kinekor in South Africa and Pastil in Turkey.

IDP will distribute the pic in the U.S.

Pic, inspired by real events, follows a convicted murderer, nearing the end of his jail term, whose life takes a surprising turn when the warden introduces him and four inmates to a rehabilitation program involving gardening. Their work is then discovered by England’s most renowned gardening expert, whose notice triggers a series of quirky consequences.

Pic, which had its world preem at the 2000 Toronto Intl. Film Festival, also stars David Owen (“Waking Ned Devine”) and Natasha Little (TV’s “Vanity Fair”).

Joel Hershman (“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”) directs, with Travis Swords and Daniel J. Victor producing. Victor and Trudie Styler exec produce.

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