'Illusionist,' 'Oceans' also find buyers
Pathe Intl. clinched major territory sales at the European Film Market in Berlin on new productions “Nothing to Declare” and “Africa United,” plus “The Illusionist” and “Oceans.”Following a weighty deal with Prokino in Germany, helmer Dany Boon’s latest prejudice-bashing romantic comedy, “Nothing to Declare,” pre-sold to Benelux’s Paradiso, Canada’s E1 and Wanda in Spain. All three had distributed Boon’s blockbuster laffer “Welcome to the Sticks” to often standout B.O. “Sticks” grossed $9.1 million in Belgium and $4.7 million in Spain. Pathe Intl. kicked off sales on first-time helmer Debs Gardner-Paterson’s “Africa United,” an uplifting social dramedy set against the build-up to the soccer World Cup in South Africa. Pathe Intl. closed Australia with Hopscotch, Scandinavia with Svensk, Benelux (RCV) and CIS (Central Partnership). Both “Declare” and “United” are currently shooting. Sylvain Chomet’s animated feature “The Illusionist,” which screened to an upbeat reception at Berlin, sold to Japan’s Klockworx, Italy’s Cinema 11 and Benelux’s Paradiso, among main territory deals. Beyond “United,” Australia’s Hopscotch also closed on Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud’s big-budget docu “Oceans.” The deal came after “Oceans” bowed Jan. 27 to a record-breaking opening day for a nature docu in France, cuming $14.7 million by Feb. 16 — mid-Berlin fest. In other deals, Spain’s Wanda also took Nicolas Varnier’s “Loup” while Jon Wright’s “Tormented” sold to Germany’s Planet Media. (Ali Jaafar contributed to this report.)
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