Michael Moore big overseas

Vantage sells rights to '9/11' followup abroad

Michael Moore’s global appeal shows no signs of abating.

Paramount Vantage has sold the helmer’s recently announced follow-up to “Fahrenheit 9/11” in a number of key international territories, including Mikado in Italy, TeleMunchen in Germany, Paradiso in Benelux and Svensk in Scandinavia.

Alex Walton, senior VP of international sales at Vantage, said the specialty label is also in negotiations to sell the politically themed film in the United Kingdom and Spain, but declined to identify the distributors.

Film is being co-produced and co-financed by Vantage and Overture Films. Overture will distribute domestically, while Vantage is repping international rights.

“Michael Moore is an established brand internationally,” Walton said. “The sales we made were an exact reflection of what we expected.”

“Fahrenheit 9/11” was a box office bonanza domestically, taking in a $119 million haul. Even more impressive was the film’s overseas performance, which topped off at $103 million.

Vantage presented Moore’s film to buyers at the start of the Cannes Film Festival.

The specialty label also struck deals with Surreal in CIS, Front Row in the Middle East, Hollywood in Greece, R Film in Turkey, Ecofilmes in Portugal, SPI in Poland and Hungary, United King in Israel, Bonton in the Czech Republic, Fivia in the former Yugoslavia, Transilvania in Romania and Bulgaria, Myndform in Iceland, Festive Films in Singapore, Queen Film in Indonesia and WEG in India.

Paramount Pictures Intl. will retain distribution in several territories including France and Australia.

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