'Whisky,' 'Niceland,' 'Head-On' to be distribbed internationally
BERLIN — Bavaria Film Intl. on Tuesday reported a slew of sales it chalked up in Cannes last week.
Company, which saw its “Whisky” win the Prix du Regard Original, sold the pic to Bitters End in Japan, Contact Film for Benelux, Swiss distrib Trigon Film, Hungary’s Budapest Film and Gatenofilms for Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Peru. France’s MK2 picked up the film before the festival.
Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s “Niceland,” about a disabled man’s search for the purpose of life, was nabbed by Japanese distrib Elephant Pictures, Switzerland’s Cineworx, Taiwan’s HWA Jahn Films and Gatenofilms for its Latin American territories.
Fatih Akin’s Berlinale winner “Head-On” saw further sales to China’s Star Image, Romania’s Independenta Film and Gatenofilms, while “The Stratosphere Girl” went to Ukraine’s Intwest and Thailand’s Right Beyond.
Intwest and Right Beyond also took rights to Veit Helmer’s “Gate to Heaven,” as did Cinema Nouveau for the Baltic states, Amero Mitra for Indonesia and Farabi Cinema in Iran.
Kim Ki-duk’s South Korean hit “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring” sold to Discovery Film Video & TV for Croatia/Bosnia and Romania’s Independenta.
Local hit “The Miracle of Bern” went to Iran’s Farabi Cinema, while fellow German pic “Olga’s Summer” was picked up by Ukraine’s Intwest.