French sales company also preps Zvyagintsev's 'Elena'

France’s Pyramide Intl. has sold Venice Critics’ Week player “Angele and Tony” to a slew of territories, suggesting there is life in the art-house market for breakout hits.

In the latest “Angele” deal at the Unifrance Paris Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, Kool Filmdistribution took Germany/Austria, Peccadillo Pictures nabbed the U.K. and Absolut Media Films grabbed Spain.

Pic was previously licensed to Denmark (Sunrise Film Distribution), Czech Republic/Slovakia (David Matous Communications), Hungary (Cirko Film), Bulgaria (Vad Van Kris), Israel (Orlando Films), Mexico (Alphaville) and Colombia/Ecuador/Central America (Cineplex).

Nanni Moretti’s Sacher Film acquired Italian rights to “Angele” at the Venice Film Festival. In a spirited initial sales run at a fest that does not traditionally boast that much of a market, Lumiere also closed Benelux at Venice, while Xenix took Switzerland and Palace Films Australia.

“Angele” is the feature debut of France’s Alix Delaporte. Set in a Normandy fishing village, it chronicles a romance between a local man (Gregory Gadebois) and a young woman (Clotilde Hesme) who answers a dating ad and appears to be hiding something from her past.

Pic won France’s Prix Michel d’Ornano, given during the Deauville Festival, for best yet-to-be-released first film.

Pyramide will release “Angele” Jan. 26 in Gaul.

Pyramide has also taken French and international rights to Russian Andrey Zvyagintsev’s third film, “Elena,” about an elderly couple’s increasingly troubled marriage of convenience.

” ‘Elena’ is the first time Zvyagintsev talks about what’s happening in Russia today, the gap between the rich and the poor,” Pyramide topper Eric Lagesse said.

Pyramide will unveil a first promo at the Berlin Film Festival next month. “Elena” will be ready for delivery in May.

The RDV runs until Monday.

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