CANNES: Films Distribution Makes Big Sales

Leading arthouse sales company Films Distribution has scored a flurry of top-notch deals on Celine Sciamma’s “Girlhood” (pictured) and Gerard Johnstone’s “Housebound.”

Directors’ Fortnight standout “Girlhood” clearly enthused Cannes buyers. It was acquired by Studiocanal for the U.K., Atalanta Filmes for Portugal, Folkets Bio for Sweden, and Fidalgo for Norway.

Films Distribution’s co-founder Nicolas Brigaud-Robert said he would soon be closing the U.S.

Sciamma’s film, the Directors’ Fortnight opener, turns on a young woman craving for freedom who joins a gang of free-spirited girls.

“The film really charmed everyone,” said Brigaud-Robert, explaining that the high pedigree and range of “Girlhood’s” buyers reflect the crossover potential of the film.

Although it’s driven by a full-blown auteur, the film can appeal to more mainstream audiences.

“Housebound,” which was a hit at South by Southwest, was picked up by Metrodome for the U.K. and Shooting Stars for the Middle East.

Meanwhile, French zombie pic “Goal of the Dead” was acquired by Madman in Australia and Koch Media in Italy.

Correction: A previous version of this story mistakenly referred to “Housebound” as “Cheap Thrills.”

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