CANNES — Getting to Cannes early pays dividends.
Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films has been in Cannes since Thursday and signed a slew of deals over the weekend with distribs from competitive arthouse territories.
Cannes competition pic “The Man From London,” by Hungarian helmer Bela Tarr, was snapped up by the U.K.’s Artificial Eye, A Film for the Benelux region and Seven Films for Greece.
Sexually charged Un Certain Regard title “Pleasure Factory” was grabbed by Wild Side for French release and by D Prods. for Turkey. Wild Side also pounced on “Ploy,” a drama by Thai helmer Pen-ek Ratanaruang that unspools in Directors Fortnight.
Israel’s United King acquired local rights to “Shine a Light,” the new name for the previously untitled Martin Scorsese rockumentary about the Rolling Stones, John Woo and Terence Chang-produced “Blood Brothers,” and Hong Kong cop thriller “Eye in the Sky.”
Sales of non-festival films include Sandrew Metronome’s acquisition of “Mama’s Boy” for Scandinavia, J Bics’ purchase of Chinese drama “Getting Home” for Thailand, Entermode’s purchase of “Children of Glory” for South Korea, Kahn Pictures’ acquisi-tion of Sundance docu “Nanking” for Taiwan and D Prods.’ acquisition of the upcoming untitled Todd Solondz picture and Bill Gutentag docu “Live.”