‘Spring’ breaks into some 20 countries

Kinology promo reel makes sales on Franco starrer

Paris-based Kinology has closed more than 20 territories on helmer-scribe Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” after unveiling a five-minute promo reel of the pic.

The James Franco starrer, currently in post, was picked up by France’s Mars Distribution, Wild Bunch Germany, Spain’s Vertigo/Wild Bunch, Australia’s Icon Film Distribution, Scandinavia’s Svensk Filmindustri, Middle East’s Gulf Film, South Korea’s Noori Pictures, Taiwan’s Studio Solutions Group, India’s WEG, Turkey’s Chantier Films, CIS’ Cascade and Eastern Europe’s Blue Sky Media.

Mixing comedy, adventure and drama, the pic toplines Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Korine’s wife, Rachel, as four college girls whose Florida spring break gets completely out of control after an encounter with a rapper called “Alien” (Franco). “Harmony Korine had precisely the right profile to capture the atmosphere and youth of ‘Spring Breakers’ and make it feel totally real,” said Kinology topper Gregoire Melin. “It’s very colorful and the script that Korine wrote is accurate.”

Korine’s most notable filmmaking credits include “Gummo” and “Julien Donkey-Boy” and he also co-wrote the script of Larry Clarke’s “Kids.” “Spring Breakers” is produced by Chris Hanley, Jordan Gertner, Charles Marie Anthonioz and David Zander at Muse Prods. Lensing wrapped a month ago in Florida.

Melin said he’s in advanced negotiations to close U.K., Italy, Japan, Latin America. U.S. rights are repped by the producers who said they’ve received offers from two U.S. studios and an independent distributor.

Kinology’s Cannes slate of English-language indie pics includes Michel Gondry’s Bronx-set drama “The We and the I,” which opened Directors’ Fortnight, and Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s English-language mystery thriller “Dark Places,” starring Amy Adams.

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