Mifed sales fast and furious

Fortissimo concludes package of deals

MILAN — Tuesday saw a slew of sales at Mifed as sellers scrambled to pack in meetings and clinch deals before many leave the Milan mart today.

Confirming its growing reputation as one of the world’s premier art pic sales companies, Fortissimo Film Sales concluded a package of deals. It also added another film to its slate: Dutch B.O. hit “Yes Nurse! No Nurse!,” a musical comedy. And the sales company looked close on Tuesday night to clinching a U.S. all-media deal on Deepa Mehta’s “Bollywood/Hollywood.” I Dream Prods. has already picked up U.S. distrib rights for specialist Indian cinemas, video and TV.

Wong Kar-Wai’s much-awaited “2046” closed Scandinavia, Benelux and a string of smaller countries. Offers are in from all unsold territories, including the U.S.

Per Fortissimo co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht, “Bollywood/Hollywood” will close Germany and France before Mifed wraps. “Party Monster” has gone to Australia; Larry Clark and Ed Lachman’s “Ken Park” closed Mexico and, like “Party Monster” a clutch of smaller territories.

Fortissimo has also cleaned up final sales on Tian Zhuangzhuang’s Venice hit “Springtime in a Small Town” and Danny and Oxide Pang’s chiller “The Eye.”

Splendid deals

Splendid Pictures confirmed major territory sales on two of the biggest projects at the market, the $44 million Richard Gere thriller “Without Apparent Motive” and the Edward Norton/Naomi Watts starrer “The Painted Veil,” one of the first pics from Mark Gordon, Bob Yari and Mark Gill’s Stratus Film Co.

“Without Apparent Motive” went to Spain (Manga), Italy (Eagle), Benelux (Belga) and Latin America (Gussi).

Wild Bunch sold the Muse/Black List-produced drug drama “Spun” to Germany’s Tobis and Jean-Marc Barr action-drama “The Red Siren” and “Spun” to Spain’s Negro y Azul, while Japan’s Amuse took sci-fi thriller “Oblivion” from Filmax Intl.

Kirk D’Amico’s sales company Myriad Pictures has optioned the original screenplay “I’ll Be You” by Nina Coleman, for Tapestry Films to produce. Script is a romantic comedy about a high-flying female exec who swaps places with her assistant on a quest to find true love.

Myriad will handle worldwide distribution rights, with D’Amico, production prexy Lucas Foster and VP acquisitions and development Karen Roberts taking producer credits. Tapestry’s Jennifer Gibgot will be the lead producer.

“I’ll Be You” is the second screenplay by Coleman to be optioned for Tapestry by Myriad. The first, college campus thriller “Breaking the Girl,” is casting.

Spice’s ‘Beauty’

Meanwhile, ambitious U.K. production company the Spice Factory has boarded one of the most expensive films to come out of Spain, the $40 million “The Devil’s Beauty,” per its producer, Araba Films’ Inaki Nunez.

Screenplay is by Spanish director Enrique Urbizu (“Box 507”), who scripted Roman Polanski’s “The Ninth Gate.” Urbizu will also direct “Beauty,” said Nunez, who co-produced “The Ninth Gate.”

Spice Factory will take a 50% participation in the project, which will drop if a third producer comes onboard the pic, per Nunez. “Beauty” will roll in July 2003, said Nunez.

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