CANNES– French auteur Olivier Assayas’ drama “Sils Maria” has drawn a flurry of buyers in the run-up to its world premiere on May 23 in Cannes.
Nathanael Karmitz’ Paris-based MK2 has closed deals with Pinnacle (Australia), California Filmes (Latin America), Remain in Light (Benelux) and Greece (Weird Wave).
Produced by Charles Gillibert’s CG Cinema, “Sils Maria” was previously picked up by Good Films (Italy), Filmcoopi (Switzerland), IFC (U.S.), NFP (Germany), Golden Scene (Hong Kong), T Cast (Korea), Leopardo (Portugal), Falcon (Middle East), Bir Film (Turkey), Continental (ex Yugoslavia) and Encore Inflight.
MK2 is now in advanced negotiations to close the U.K., Spain, Scandinavia, Taiwan, Hungary, Czech Republic, Israel, Russia and the Baltics.
One of the most anticipated competition players, the ambitious English-language drama stars Juliette Binoche as Maria Enders, a famous actress who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But while back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who drives the older Helena to suicide, she’s now being asked to step into the role of Helena.
Meanwhile, Naomi Kawase’s romance drama “Still the Water,” which opens tomorrow, has been picked up for Benelux (Cineart), Greece (Seven), Korea (T Cast), Turkey (Calinos), ex Yugo (MCF Megacom) and is in negotiation in Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Taiwan, ancillary rights.
MK2 also sold “Wondrous Boccaccio,” directed by the Taviani brothers, to Palace (Australia), Weird Wave (Greece) , Continental (ex Yugoslavia). Negotiations are ongoing for Czech and Slovak Republic and Switzerland.
An adaptation of Boccacio’s collection of short stories, “Decameron” toplines Jasmine Trinca, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kim Rossi Stuart and Michele Riondino.
Carlos Saura’s “Argentina,” a documentary about tango, has pre-sold to Australia (Palace). Previous pre-sales were inked with Filmcoopi (Switzerland), Germany (Telemuenchen), Russia (Russian Report) and former Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom).
Robert Guediguian’s “Don’t Tell Me The Boy Was Mad,” which will be shooting next summer, was snatched up by Filmcoopi (Switzerland), Falcon (Middle East). MK2 is in talks to close more territories.