'Katalin Varga' goes to three territories
PARIS — Gallic shingle Memento Films Intl.’s three Berlinale screeners have racked up international pre-sales in the run-up to the fest.“Treeless Mountain” — So-Yong Kim’s follow up to “Between Days,” which won Sundance’s special jury prize in 2007 — has been picked up by U.K.’s Soda Pictures. Pic, a Forum screener, was recently nabbed by U.S.’s Oscilloscope and Korea’s With Cinema. “Katalin Varga,” an official competition contender from first-time Brit helmer Peter Strickland, has been sold in Benelux to Lumiere/Filmuseum, Greece (Rosebud) and the former Yugoslavia (Megacom). Memento Films Distribution will handle “Varga’s” Gallic theatrical release. The tale of revenge, starring newcomer Hilda Peter, is a co-prod between Romania, the U.K. and Hungary. Norwegian Panorama screener “North,” helmed by Rune Denstad Langlo, will preem on the same day in Berlin and Norway. Pic is produced by Motlys, which also co-produced “Everlasting Moments.” Sandrew will handle distribution in Norway. At EFM, Memento will also unveil its new pickup, “The Exploding Girl,” directed by Bradley Rush Gray (“Salt”), who co-produced “Treeless Mountain.” Zoe Kazan (“The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”) and Mark Rendall (“My One and Only”) topline. Pic will screen in the Forum. Gallic shingle is also announcing sales for Ramin Bahrani’s “Goodbye Solo,” another Forum screener, to E1 (Canada), Austria (Polyfilm), Greece (Ama), Brazil (Immovision), Portugal (Pantheon) and Middle East (Arab Media). “Goodbye Solo” is set for a U.S. release by Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate in April. Pic already sold to U.K. (Axiom), France (Pierre Grise), Benelux (Imagine), Switzerland (Xenix), Portugal (Pantheon), Brazil (Immovision), Poland (SPI), Romania (Independenta) and India (Alliance).