MK2 sells Belgian romantic comedy to 15 territories

PARIS — Cannes Directors’ Fortnight player “The Fairy,” a quirky romantic comedy from Belgium, has seduced a flurry of Cannes buyers and closed 15 territories, including the U.S. with Kino Lorber.

Sold by Nathanael Karmitz’ Paris-based production, distribution and sales company MK2, pic was also acquired by Pandastorm for Germany and Austria, Cineart for Benelux, Praesens for Switzerland and Bir Films for Turkey. MK2′s sales team is currently closing distribution deals for Australia and the U.K.

“The Fairy” opened Directors’ Fortnight and earned a warm critical response. Pic is directed by Belgium-based trio Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy, who previously helmed “Iceberg” and “Rumba,” which played at Critics’ Week in 2008.

MK2 also racked up sales on South African helmer Oliver Hermanus’ drama “Beauty” (Skoonheid). The Un Certain Regard screener was picked up by U.K.’s Peccadillo Pictures and Benelux’ ABC Distribution. The outfit is in advanced negotiations with buyers from Italy and Australia.

Cannes Classics title “The Look,” Angelina Maccarone’s intimate docu portrait of Charlotte Rampling, was acquired for distribution in major territories, including the U.S. (Kino Lorber), Germany (Piffl Medien), Benelux (ABC Distribution) and Switzerland (Xenix). Distrib deals for Australia and the U.K. are in advanced negotiations.

At Cannes, MK2′s sales team inked pre-sales on Olivier Assayas’ “Something in the Air” and Walter Salles’ “On the Road.”

“Something in the Air” was acquired by IFC Films for the U.S., NFP for Germany and Filmware for Taiwan.

Advancing with pre-sales on “On the Road,” MK2 added Latin America (Playarte) to the list of heavyweight distribution deals inked with Alliance (Canada), Icon (U.K. and Australia), Telemuenchen (Germany, Austria) and Medusa (Italy), among other sales

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