Wide Management closes deal
PARIS — Bodega Films has nabbed French theatrical distribution rights to psychological drama ”Policeman,” which is helmed by up-and-coming Israeli director Nadav Lapid.Paris-based sales shingle Wide Management closed the deal at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Lapid presented ”Policeman” at the Cannes Cinefondation’s Atelier in 2008. The pic went on to open at Karlovy Vary and nabbed Locarno’s Jury nod. Produced by Lalila Films, ”Policeman” turns on a man working for an Israeli anti-terrorist unit involved in a clash with a group of young radicals. It bowed in Israel on Sept. 1. Meanwhile, Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s ”This Is Not a Film,” which Wide Management is selling worldwide, has been selected to play at the Vienna Film Festival in the main section. It previously played at Cannes and Toronto. Panahi is appealing his six-year jail sentence and 20-year ban on filmmaking for his anti-government stance; while Mirtahmasb has been jailed in Iran since Sept. 18.