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Teutons are Cannes fans

Slew of German territory sales for fest pix

BERLIN — While U.S. auds are still wondering when they’ll see Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11,” the Cannes Palme d’Or winner will soon hit screens in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria.

German distrib Openpictures picked up theatrical, TV and DVD rights in Cannes as part of a cooperation deal with Los Angeles-based Steel Company, which is advising the Munich-based company on acquisitions for Eastern Europe.

Cannes also provided a grab-bag of titles for Teutonic distribs.

E-M-S nabbed theatrical and DVD rights for German-speaking territories to Cannes’ Grand Prix winner “Old Boy” by South Korea’s Park Chan-wook. Pic will be released this fall by E-M-S’ theatrical arm 3L.

Concorde picked up Terry Gilliam’s “Brothers Grimm” starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. Tobis took Ben Younger’s upcoming “Prime” starring Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep as well as Directors Fortnight screener “Mean Creek” by Jacob Aaron Estes.

Constantin Film grabbed Jean-Francois Richet’s remake of “Assault on Precinct 13.” Prokino acquired German-language rights to Agnes Jaoui’s competition screener “Look at Me,” which took screenplay kudos at the fest.

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