Winterbottom docudrama headed for foreign territories

BERLIN — Helmer Michael Winterbottom’s “Road to Guantanamo,” a likely Golden Bear-winner, and Guantanamo’s former Camp X-Ray detainees created flurries at the end of Berlin Film Festival on Friday.

The latter were very briefly held for questioning by British authorities on their return to the U.K. Thursday after doing the rounds of press conferences at Berlin, while the pic was a hit for international sales outfit The Works.

“Guantanamo” was detained by Alta for distribution in Spain, Art Films in Brazil, Palace in Australia and New Zealand, Falcom Media for Germany and Austria, The Klockworx in Japan, CTV in France, Fandango in Italy, Prooptiki in Greece and Cyprus, Budapest Film for Hungary, Elite for Switzerland, Pi films in Turkey and CNAC for Venezuela.

Given the movie’s ability to provoke in the U.S., a North American deal remains days or weeks off. But The Works prexy Joy Wong was also holding firm offers from Scandinavia, Mexico, Argentina, South Korea and countries from the former Yugoslavia.

Winterbottom’s other Berlin title, “A Cock and Bull Story,” an adaptation of 18th century novel “Tristram Shandy,” was sold to I.A. Distribution for France, Madman for Australia and New Zealand, Atlantic Film for Scandinavia and Greenlight for Iceland.

The Works’ other film about outlaws, “The Proposition” helmed by John Hillcoat, was sold to California Film for Brazil, J-Bics for Thailand, Tuck for the former Yugoslavia and New Films for Romania.

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