Independent inks deals in France, Middle East

LONDON — Luc Roeg’s London-based Independent has concluded a raft of deals post Berlinale for Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” including selling French rights for the pic to Diaphana.

Sales for the pic were also closed shortly after the European Film Market to Benelux (Wild Bunch), Israel (Shani Films), Greece (Seven

Film) and the Middle East (Shooting Stars).

Pic, which is currently in post, was already pre-bought by Artificial Eye for Blighty.

“Kevin,” based on Lionel Shriver’s tome, stars Tilda Swinton, John C.

Reilly and Ezra Miller and is produced by Roeg and Jennifer Fox (“Michael Clayton,” “The Informant”).

Developed by BBC Films, pic follows the story of a mother of a murderous teenage boy who tries to deal with her grief and responsibility of her child’s actions by writing to her estranged husband.

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is composing the score for the film, Ramsay’s third directorial effort.

At the Berlinale, Independent announced it was linking up with John Sloss and Bart Walker’s Cinetic Media to collaborate on worldwide sales for their projects.

The joint venture, dubbed Cinetic at Independent, will internationally sell Cinetic’s existing pics, including Kelly Reichardt’s “Meek’s Cutoff” and Banksy docu “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” while Cinetic will domestically rep Independent’s slate.

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