Focus Features’ international sales arm has closed a slew of deals on Pedro Almodovar’s “Bad Education,” to be released Stateside through Sony Pictures Classics.
Gaga has bought the film for Japan, Shani Films for Israel, Edko for Hong Kong, Skifan for Iceland, Rosebud for Greece, Budapest Film for Hungary, Gutek for Poland, Ecofilmes for Portugal and Discovery for former Yugoslavia and Shaw in Singapore.
“On behalf of El Deseo and Focus, we are extremely pleased to be solidifying these relationships for Pedro’s films all over the world,” says Focus co-head David Linde.
Focus, which has a close relationship with Almodovar, also sold foreign territories on his last feature “Talk to Her” which won the Oscar for original screenplay and was Almodovar’s highest-grossing pic ever on a worldwide basis.
Focus has also concluded a slew of key territorial sales on writer-director Pascal Laugier’s “Saint Ange” at Cannes. Produced by Richard Grandpierre and Christophe Gans (the duo behind “Brotherhood of the Wolf”), the 1960-set thriller centers on a woman alone and spooked in a French orphanage. Virginie Ledoyen and Lou Doyon star in the pic, which is being produced simultaneously in English- and French-language versions.
Icon has picked up U.K. distribution rights with Spanish-speaking Latin American rights sold to Gussi, Spain to Vertigo, Scandinavia to Scanbox. Other territories sold include Greece to Rosebud, Iceland to Skifan, Israel to Shani, Malaysia to Shaw, Italia for the Middle East, LNK for Portugal and Ozenfilm for Turkey.