Concorde buys 'Months'; Senator nabs 'Sicko'
BERLIN — Several high-profile Cannes titles found distribution across Europe as the fest ended.In Germany, Concorde Filmverleih picked up Cristian Mungiu’s Palme d’Or winner, “4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days.” Drama, set in the waning days of Romania’s communist regime, will hit local screens later this year. Concorde also acquired Israeli helmer Eran Kolirin’s Un Certain Regard screener “The Band’s Visit.” Munich-based Prokino took “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” which drew director kudos for Julian Schnabel, and Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi’s animated film “Persepolis,” which received the jury prize. Senator Film nabbed Michael Moore’s Cannes screener “Sicko” as well as the director’s upcoming “Uprising.” Company also acquired Xavier Palud and Davis Moreau’s horror thriller “The Eye,” starring Jessica Alba; “The Brothers Bloom,” a romantic comedy from “Brick” director Rian Johnson; Rob Zombie’s remake of “Halloween”; and Tarsem Singh’s terrorist drama “Unthinkable.” Pics are due for release at the end of the year or early 2008. Meanwhile, Eastern European Acquisitions Pool nabbed rights to “My Blueberry Nights,” “Death Proof,” “We Own the Night,” “Sicko,” “Promise Me This” and “Savage Grace,” as well as Brian De Palma’s Iraq War drama “Redacted.” It is also handling the fourth installment of the “Saw” franchise and Ben Stiller starrer “The Marc Pease Experience,” which screened at Cannes. The Berlin-based distrib, which operates in Eastern and Central Europe, acquired “Saw 4″ from Lionsgate for Poland, the Baltics, the former Soviet republics and the former Yugoslavia. Part of a new long-term agreement with Paramount Vantage, EEAP is distributing “The Marc Pease Experience” for all Central and Eastern European countries as well as the former Soviet territories. Scandi distrib Scanbox Entertainment picked up “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” for a winter release. Distrib also nailed the rights to Edward Zwick’s Daniel Craig starrer “Defiance,” Ewan McGregor-Michelle Williams starrer “Incendiary” and the next Woody Allen film. (Gunnar Rehlin in Stockholm contributed to this report.)