Buying spree sufaces at the Lido
VENICE — As international industryites leave the Lido and head for Toronto in hopes of closing North American sales there, a slew of European deals have been sealed at the Venice fest.On a buying spree, Valerio De Paolis, topper of Italo arthouse shingle BIM, has acquired “Private Property,” a Belgian family breakup drama toplining Isabelle Huppert, from Films Distribution. Pic, helmed by Joachim Lafosse, unspooled in competish Thursday. In Venice, De Paolis also acquired StudioCanal’s “My Blueberry Nights,” Wong Kar Wai’s first foray into U.S. filmmaking, starring Norah Jones, making her acting debut, and Jude Law, from Studio Canal. BIM also bought U.S. helmer James Gray’s “We Own the Night,” toplining Joachin Phoenix, from production company 2929. De Paolis also closed with Focus Features on Sean Penn-helmed drama “Into the Wild,” about a young man who flees his family. Pic is in production. Meanwhile, Italy’s Mikado has acquired Venice Horizons docu “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” from Lionsgate, and Lucky Red inked on competish pic “Daratt” (Dry Season) from Gaul’s Pyramide Intl. Paris-based Pyramide did brisk biz at Venice with “Daratt.” Pic about the aftermath of African civil war is helmed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (“Bye Bye Africa”). “Daratt” also sold to Trigon for Switzerland, Cinevideo y Tele for Mexico, Cineart for Belgium and Stadtkino for Austria. Pyramide is boasting buzz on Venice Days entry “Sept Ans,” a love-triangle tale helmed by Jean-Pascal Hattu, that sold to Xenix for Switzerland and Polyfilm for Austria and is close to closing for Italy, France and Belgium. Both “Daratt” and “Sept Ans” also unspool in Toronto.