BARCELONA – Cologne-based The Match Factory, Michael Weber’ sales agency handling foremost auteur-driven world titles such as Semih Kaplanoğlu’s “Grain” and Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama,” has clinched a flurry on sales, including rights to Germany, France, Japan and Spain on “Jupiter’s Moon,” the latest feature of Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó a Cannes Un Certain Regard winner for 2014’s “White God.”
Cannes competition entry “Moon” scooped best picture and best F/X awards on Saturday at Sitges’ 50th International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.
Pyramide has taken “Jupiter’s Moon”‘s rights for France, NFP for Germany, Wanda Vision for Spain and The Clockworx for Japan. Pyramide will release “Jupiter’s Moon” theatrically on Nov. 11.
“Jupiter’s Moon” has also been licensed to Netherlands (Filmfreak), Norway (Tour de Force), Switzerland (Outside the Box), Bulgaria (Art Fest), Czech Republic (Aerofilms), Portugal (Alambique), Poland (Gutek) and Austria (ThimFilm).
Further territories sold, demonstrating just how wide arthouse film sales can still be on hit titles, take in Italy (Movies Inspired), Greece (Ama Films), Romania (Voodoo), Finland (Future Film), Sweden (TriArt), Estonia/Latvia (A-One Films), Lithuania (A-One Films Baltic), Turkey (Filmarti), Former Yugoslavia (MCF MegaCom), South Korea (Atnine), Hong Kong (Edko Films), China (Lemon Tree Media), Taiwan (Swallow Wings) and Brazil (Imovision).
The sales slew adds to already announced deals for the U.K. and Ireland with Curzon Artificial Eye.
Before its Sitges triumph, “Jupiter’s Moon” an Ecumenical Prize at the Haugesund Norwegian International Film Festival, a Grand Prix Nouveau Genre Award at L’Etrange Festival in Paris) and a Special Mention for best cinematography at Belgium’s Ostend Film Festival), The film also scooped Best Actor (for Merab Ninidze) at the Batumi Art-house Film Festival), and the Golden Camera 300, for d.p. Marcell Rév, at the Manaki Bros. Festival in Macedonia.
A Proton Cinema production in co-production with Match Factory Productions, KNM, ZDF/Arte and Chimney, “Moon” is an existential supernatural thriller with darkly comedic touches exploring the immigrant crisis, terrorism, the West’s loss of values and contemporary alienation. It follows Aryan, a Syrian refugee whom a bullet granted the power for flying. But in the refugee camp where Aryan is confined, he runs into a doctor who, aware of Aryan’s gift, will try to take advantage of it.