“Lady Chatterley,” one of the few stand-out titles in the Market, capped a solid Berlin with a sale to Kino for North America.
France’s Films Distribution, which handles the pic, sees the sale as further vindication of pic’s international B.O. potential, even though it might have hoped for a triumphant ride around the fest circuit.
The D.H. Lawrence adaptation, helmed by Pascal Ferran, scored dozens of other deals earlier in the Market.
Japan’s Toshiba and Germany’s ZDF took those countries a year ago. Artificial Eye bought it for the U.K. at Unifrance’s Rendezvous in Paris last month. Earlier Berlin deals include Scandinavia’s Future, Hopscotch for New Zealand and Oz and Austria’s Statkino.
Rachid Bouchareb’s “Days of Glory,” which preemed in Cannes, where it won the acting award for its ensemble cast, was sold by Films Distribution to New Select for Japan.
Story of soldiers conscripted from French colonies to fight in WWII was an uphill battle to finance, but sold more than 3 million tickets in France.