Film headed to Canada, India, Portugal
Turkish helmer Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s competish entry “Three Monkeys” has racked up a slew of sales.New Yorker Films has taken the well-received pic for the U.S. New Wave Cinema, the new distrib from Artificial Eye founders Pam Engel and Robert Beeson, has taken U.K. rights on the moody family drama. Distribs in Canada (Mongrel Media), Benelux (Imagine), Colombia (Cine Colombia), Greece (Rosebud), Portugal (Atalante), Italy (Bim), Switzerland (Filmccopi), CIS (Maywin) and India (Alliance Lumiere), as well as other territories, also acquired Ceylan’s pic. While Ceylan remains much in demand — he was approached recently by a U.S. shingle to direct an English-language psychological chiller but passed on the project — the helmer is in no rush to give up culture for commerce just yet. “I am always thinking (about) what type of producing is best for me,” Ceylan told Variety. “I just want all my creative impulses to be open. I want to be completely free. I have that possibility now. No one has ever imposed on me to this day one detail of the creative process on me. My only wish is creative freedom.” Turkish maven Zeynep Ozbatur, who produced both “Three Monkeys” and Ceylan’s previous “Climates,” is looking to balance her work with Ceylan — indisputably Turkey’s most well-known director — with finding the country’s next great talent. Ozbatur is working with up-and-coming young Turk Ismail Necmi (“Should I Really Do It?”) on his next feature. “He’s not the new Nuri but he is very interesting and deserves to be supported,” Ozbatur said. “He’s developing three concepts for me and then we’ll decide on the production strategy.”
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