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‘Infancia’ drives powerful sales

Pyramide closes deals on Cannes trio

MADRID — France’s Pyramide Intl., the foreign sales arm of Pyramide, one of Europe’s premier auteur sales-distribution-production outfits, is rolling out deals on a Cannes trio: Benjamin Avila’s “Infancia clandestina,” Catherine Corsini’s “Three Worlds” and Massoud Bakhshi’s “A Respectable Family.”

“Infancia” and “Family” played Directors’ Fortnight; “Worlds” was in Un Certain Regard.

Pyramide Distribution will release all three films in France.

Lead-produced by Luis Puenzo’s Historias Cinematograficas, the autobiographical “Infancia” delivers an original take on Argentina’s 1976-1983 Dirty War, portraying the warm family life of two resistance fighters, as seen by their 12-year-old son.

The most sought-after film at Ventana Sur, where it screened privately to buyers, “Infancia’s” Cannes reception was “one of the best I’ve ever witnessed in Directors’ Fortnight,” said Pyramide CEO Eric Lagesse.

Pre-sold to Spain’s Wanda Films and Argentina (Distribution Co.), “Infancia” has added Italy (Good Films), Benelex (Imagine Film), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Brazil (Imovision), Switzerland (Praesens), Greece (Videorama Films), Turkey (Filmarti) and Israel (Lev Films), prompting bidding wars in some territories, Lagesse said.

“Arthouse markets are still pretty tough,” he added. “But when you have a popular art-house movie creating such levels of emotional attachment with audiences, films can sell very well indeed.”

Ethical drama “Worlds,” about a hit-and-run accident, closed Benelux (Lumiere), Switzerland (Pathe), Greece (Videorama), Israel (Lev Films), Brazil (Imovision) and Mexico/Central America (Cinemas Nueva Era). U.K. and U.S. deals will conclude shortly.

Massoud Bakhshi’s “A Respectable Family,” about an Iranian ex-pat academic returning to Iran, sold five territories, including Sweden (Folkets Bio). Italy will close soon.

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