"Best Man Down" sells to the U.K., Hong Kong and Middle East
MARRAKECH, Morocco– Tine Klint’s LevelK, a leading indie sales outfit based in Denmark, has closed a raft of deals across its slate of international productions, including “Best Man Down,” “Sex, Drugs & Taxation” and “The Rocket.”
Justin Long starrer “Best Man Down,” the first U.S. project repped by LevelK, was picked up for the U.K. (Sky Entertainment), Middle East (Krisco Media FZC), Turkey (Calinos Entertainment), Hong Kong (Encore) and Poland (HBO).
Magnolia released the movie Stateside on Nov. 7, and Madman released it in Australia.
Pic tells the tale of a groom (Long) and bride (Jess Weixler) who cancel their honeymoon following the unexpected death of their best man and head back to the Midwest to arrange the funeral. Koda Entertainment produced.
Deals were unveiled at the Marrakech Film Festival, where LevelK is attending along with a large Scandinavian delegation in town to be feted on Dec. 4 as part of the fest’s spotlight on Nordic cinema.
“We had a very positive fall, with sales across the majority of our completed titles exceeding expectation,” said LevelK sales topper Natja Rosner.
Christoffer Boe’s daring “Sex, Drugs & Taxation,” which bowed at Toronto in the Vanguard section and went on to become a B.O. success in Denmark with 330,000 tickets sold, was acquired for Benelux (FilmFreak), Russia/CIS (Cinema Prestige), Ukraine (Molodist) and Taiwan (Cineplex).
Pic was produced by Alphaville Pictures Copenhagen and Nordisk Film Prod..
LevelK is in negotiations to close major territories.
The 1960s-set “Taxation” centers on an alcoholic playboy (Pilou Asbaek) who teams with a tax lawyer (Nicolas Bro) to shake up Denmark’s travel industry and ultimately alter the country’s political landscape. Described as a surreal buddy movie, “Taxation” is inspired by the real-life friendship between Danish tycoon Simon Spies and controversial lawyer-politician Mogens Glistrup.
Meanwhile, “The Rocket,” the Lao-speaking Australian drama that nabbed three nods in Berlin, two awards in Tribeca (audience and best actor) and just won the AFI’s audience nod for world cinema, is continuing on a stellar path. It’s received 10 nominations for the top Australian film awards, the AACTAs, and reps Australia in the best foreign-language Oscar race. LevelK has just sold the movie to Arthaus for distribution in Norway. Kino Lorber has U.S. rights.
Kim Mordaunt’s debut, “The Rocket” is an inspirational drama following a boy entering a rocket building contest in Laos to to escape his poor background. It’s produced by Red Lamp Films and backed by Screen Australia.