MK2 tunes ‘Piano’ sales

Co. sells to 40 territories, including Italy, Hong Kong

PARIS — French mini-major MK2 has notched sales to 40 territories of Michael Haneke’s “The Piano Teacher,” which scooped the Jury prize as well as acting kudos for stars Isabelle Huppert and Benoit Magimel at the just-concluded Cannes Intl. Film Festival.

Territories sold in the last days of Cannes include Italy (Bim), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), South America (Cinema Film) and Central America, Colombia and Peru (Cineplex). The U.S. sale still is being negotiated.

MK2 also has sold Abbas Kiarostami’s docu “ABC Africa” for U.S. distribution to New Yorker Films.

Pic about the plight of African children orphaned by AIDS sold at Cannes to several territories, including Italy (Bim), Japan (Eurospace) and South Korea (Film Bank).

MK2’s Cannes lineup also included two films featured in the Directors Fortnight: “Golden Youth” (Jeunesse Doree) by Zaida Ghorab-Volta and “Fatma,” a first film by Tunisian director Khaled Ghorbal.

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