Sundance honoree leads quartet of films in sales deals
After a strong Sundance and Berlin, indie film sales are continuing to look stronger, with Myriad Pictures announcing that it has closed overseas deals begun at the European Film Market on four high-profile pics: “Happythankyoumoreplease,” “Main Street,” “Every Day” and “Salvation Boulevard.”The Sundance Audience Award winner “Happythankyoumoreplease,” written and directed by and starring “How I Met Your Mother’s” Josh Radnor, closed sales with Filmax for Spain, Spentzos for Greece, Forum for Israel, Eagle Films for the Middle East outside Israel, VC Films for Portugal, Daisy Entertainment for South Korea, Praesenes for Switzerland and Jaguar for the airlines. “This was a good market as we have some strong new films. It reinforces what we all already know, that when you have good, commercial product at the right price, distributors buy,” said Myriad prexy-CEO Kirk D’Amico. Indeed, there were more deal announcements than expected both during and after the market. Myriad’s “Main Street,” written by the late Horton Foote and directed by John Doyle, made its market debut in Berlin. Pic, which stars Colin Firth, Ellen Burstyn, Orlando Bloom, Patricia Clarkson and Amber Tamblyn, sold to Spentzos for Greece, Myndform for Iceland, Minerva for Italy, VC Films for Portugal, D-Prods. for Turkey, Eagle Films for the Middle East outside Israel, Golden Village for Singapore, Leda Films for Latin America, Paris Films for Brazil and Cinesky for the airlines. The Mandalay Enterprises comedic-thriller “Salvation Boulevard,” based on the book by Larry Beinhart and starring Pierce Brosnan and Ed Harris, pre-sold strongly in multiple territories, as did “Every Day,” a comedy/drama from first-time feature director Richard Levine (“Nip/Tuck”). Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, Eddie Izzard and Carla Gugino star. D’Amico, senior VP of sales and distribution Elias Axume and exec director of sales Lisa Gutberlet negotiated the deals for Myriad.