Jeff Skoll's Participant Media has made its first foreign-language film investment, financing Gael Garcia Bernal starrer "No," from Chile's Pablo Larrain ("Tony Manero," "Post Mortem").
Chick pics, classy crossovers and Gallic comedies look set to drive much of Berlin's biz in 2012.
Paris-based Pacha, the first sales company dedicated to Arab world content, has snapped up international rights to "My Brother the Devil" and "The Last Friday."
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper starrer "Serena," produced by 2929 Entertainment but co-financed by European mini-major Studiocanal, with Denmark's Susanne Bier directing, is a classic example…
Sam Neill, Michael Sheen, Lena Headey and Ioan Gruffud are in negotiations to topline "Mariah Mundi & the Midas Box."
Said Ben Said's Paris-based production-sales outfit SBS Prods. has closed key pre-sales on Brian De Palma's thriller "Passion," starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.
Marking its entry into English-language production, Mexican production-distrib Canana is launching a genre franchise directed by Russia's enigmatic Makinov.
Magnolia has acquired U.S. rights to "Emergo," the latest genre pic from Rodrigo Cortes and Adrian Guerra, the team behind Sundance players "Buried" and "Red Lights."
Pan-European group Studiocanal has clinched a swathe of pre-sales on Joel and Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis," which starts shooting Monday in New York.
While Hollywood centers its business model around blockbusters at the expense of mid-budget adult-skewing films, Europe's biggest movie companies have been taking up the slack, with hefty rewards.