UK-French co. announces 75 licensing deals

MADRID – Confirming Cannes buzz that a clutch of its titles was generating sales heat, Pathe Intl. has confirmed healthy sales on Stephen Frears “Cheri,” a brace of Croisette takers for Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” and a winner of a bidding battle for feature doc “Oceans.”

In all, the U.K.-French sales company announced 75 Croisette-struck licensing deals on 16 films.

Introduced to buyers at Cannes, the Christopher Hampton-scripted “Cheri,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones and Kathy Bates, closed a dozen deals.

Major territories included Italy (Rai Cinema), Latin America (California Filmes), the CIS (Maywin Media) and South Korea (Mars Cinema).

Japan’s Gaga beat a reported competing bid from Tohokushinsha to tie down “Oceans” from “Winged Migration” helmers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, and also landed “Slumdog.”

Latter pic, a Mumbai-set quiz game thriller, also closed Italy (Lucky Red), Australia (Icon) and South Korea (Media Soft) among key sales.

Of larger deals, Jane Campion’s period romancer “Bright Star” clinched Germany with Tobis and Canada with TVA; Etienne Chatiliez’s “Agathe Clery,” a Gallic racism morality tale, sold Germany (Prokino), Italy (Mikado) and Canada (Alliance).

Three upscale genre items also continued their roll out: “The Descent 2″ closed Latin America (California), Japan (Kadokawa Pictures), and Benelux (Dutch Fireworks); “Eden Lake” sold Benelux (Dutch Fireworks) and Scandinavia (Atlantic Film); “Hush” was acquired for Germany (Ascot Elite) and Scandinavia (Non-Stop).

Suggesting some foreign B.O. potential, French blockbuster “Welcome to the Sticks” went to Italy (Medusa) and the Netherlands (Paradiso).

Pathe Intl. said Thursday that the producers of “Linha de passe,” Cannes’ best actress winner for Sandra Corveloni, were negotiating a North American sale. Licensing deals for Japan, Australia and Scandinavia are also under discussion.

(Patrick Frater contributed to this report.)

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