Paris outfit sells pic to Cine Classic

Paris-based sales outfit Pacha Pictures, the first international film company to emerge from the Arab Spring, has sold “Stray Bullet” to France’s Cine Classic.

Directed by leading Lebanese director Georges Hachem, “Bullet” features director-actress Nadine Labaki as a woman having second thoughts before marriage.

Cine Classic plans a November theatrical release, Pacha CEO Frederic Sichler told Variety. Deal comes as Pacha’s latest film, “Tahrir 2011 — The Good, the Bad and the Politician,” won the Venice Festival’s Cict Unesco Prize on Saturday. Another Pacha-sold pic, Cannes festival player “18 Days,” was released by France’s Euro Zoom on Wednesday, and Turkey’s Yeni Bir Film has bought Pacha-sold “Microphone.” Sichler said he is optimistic about locking down “four-to-five new deals by month end.”

Pacha will take a handful of new films to Berlin, aims to expand pickups to include Tunisia and Morocco and is negotiating the purchase of a film library, Sichler added. “We are at the beginning of huge changes in the Middle East, where the local industry was dominated by traditional groups,” such as ART and Rotana, Sichler says.

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