'Dark,' 'Nothing' lead global sales
London– Pathe International has closed more than 90 deals across its slate following brisk activity at the European Film Market this year. Following its market preem at Berlinale, Miramax’s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” helmed by Troy Nixey and penned by Guillermo del Toro, sold out in two days, Pathe reported.Major sales include Germany (Telepool), Blighty (Optimum Releasing), France (TF1), Scandinavia (Mis. Label), Spain (Tripictures), Italy (Lucky Red), Latin America (Cine y Video), Benelux (Dutch Filmworks), Australia and New Zealand (Hopscotch), Japan (Pony Canyon) and South Korea (Showtime). Additional deals for the Katie Holmes starrer encompass CIS (West Video), Poland (Best Film), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Hollywood Classics), former-Yugoslavia (MCF), Portugal (Lusomundo), Hong Kong (Sundream), Singapore (Golden Village), Malaysia (Megafilm), Philippines (Pioneer) and South Africa (Nu Metro). Pic will be released in the U.S. by FilmDistrict on Aug. 12. Pathe also sold Dany Boon comedy “Nothing to Declare” to Italy (Medusa), Australia and New Zealand (Madman Ent.), Hungary (Budapest Film), Israel (Orlando) and airlines (EIM). Boon’s follow-up to “Welcome to the Sticks,” in its first two weeks out in Gaul, “Nothing” already sold more tickets than all but three releases in 2010, grossing Euros28.5 million ($38.9 million) through Feb.15. In other deals, Daniel Auteuil’s directorial debut “La Fille du puisatier” (The Well-Digger’s Daughter), based on the 1940 pic by Marcel Pagnol, sold to Canada (E1), Netherlands (A-Film), Middle East (Phars) and Singapore (Golden Village). Further deals are expected to be announced shortly. Anne Fontaine’s “Mon Pire Cauchemar” (My Worst Nightmare), toplining Isabelle Huppert and Benoit Poelvoorde, was snapped up by BIM Distribuzione in Italy, Alfa Films in Argentina and SSG in Taiwan, with further deals in negotiations. Frederic Schoendoerffer’s high-concept thriller “Switch” was picked up for Germany and Austria (ZDF), Greece (Village), Czech and Slovak Republic (Hollywood Classics), Turkey (Medyavizyon), Taiwan (SSG) and Thailand (M Pictures). Elsewhere, Dominique Farrugia’s “Le Marquis” (The Marquis) sold to Germany (Atlas), CIS (Maywin), Middle East (Phars) and Turkey (Medyavizyon). Pathe Intl. is also selling its production “The Iron Lady,” helmed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Currently lensing in London, it has already made significant pre-sales.