Coy exits Pandora on high note

27-year veteran enjoys active fest

CANNES — Veteran theatrical sales exec Sudy Coy is retiring in October, but she’s unlikely to forget her final Cannes Film Festival.

Winding up a 27-year sales career in order to take advantage of her newly built Mexican house, Coy has enjoyed one of her most active fests at the expanding Paris-based sales company Pandora.

At the start of the fest, Pandora picked up singer-songwriter Dave Stewart’s $10 million debut feature, “Honest.” Here in Cannes, Coy and Pandora’s new sales team, TV sales exec Toby Melling and theatrical seller Shebnem Askin, have closed a wad of territories on the film, which shoots this August. Italy, Germany and Scandinavia have gone, and final negotiations are under way for French, U.K. and Benelux rights.

Another recent addition to the Pandora lineup, Alan Rudolph’s detective story “Trixie,” added Spanish, Italian and German sales deals to its mid-fest agreement under which Sony Picture Classics took U.S. rights to the pic.

The $10 million project is produced by Robert Altman and will feature Nick Nolte and Emily Watson.

Describing the Italian market as “unusually active this year,” Coy inked Italian deals on two more of Pandora’s slate: Rolf de Heer’s “The Old Man Who Read Love Stories” and Arto Paragamian’s “Two Thousand and None,” starring John Turturro and Catherine Borowitz.