'Wonderful' film carries festival buzz

MADRID — Coming into Berlin with buzz from a Tiger nod at the Rotterdam film fest and New Currents competition kudos at Pusan, “Wonderful Town,” the solo feature film debut of Thai helmer Aditya Assarat, has sold U.S. rights to Kino Intl.

Deal was closed by Memento Films. Intl.

Rights deals on “Town,” which is set in a 2004 tsunami-ravaged Thai village, also include the U.K. (Soda), Australia (Aztek), Switzerland (Trigon), Austria (Stadtkino), Greece (Rosebud) and India (Alliance).

A Benelux pickup is imminent, said Memento’s Tanja Meissner. Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Norway are expected to close in the next couple of weeks, she said.

Memento will release “Wonderful Town” in French cinemas on May 7.

Memento also closed some last outstanding major territories on erotic thriller “Boarding Gate,” from Olivier Assayas (“Clean”). That pic screened at Cannes.

AMG has taken Japan, NonStop Scandinavia, Ascot Elite Germany, Panorama Hong Kong, Contraplano Spain and HBO Eastern Europe.

The Paris-based sales and distribution company also screened a four-minute promo of Isabelle Huppert dramedy “Home.” Ursula Meier-helmed pic has pre-sold to Benelux (Lumiere), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Greece (Rosebud) and India (Alliance).

Philippe Aractingi’s Sundance World Dramatic Competition player “Under the Bombs,” partly shot during the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel war in Lebanon, has added Scandinavia (NonStop) and Australia (SBS), among major territories, to previous buys for Italy (Fandango) and the U.K. (Artificial Eye).

(Patrick Frater contributed to this report.)

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