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Pics in Good mood

Machine finalizes pic pacts with o'seas buyers

CANNES — Good Machine International has concluded a raft of sales on pics, including “Agnes Brown,” “Cherry Falls,” “The Muse” and “Ride With the Devil.”

Germany’s Kinowelt picked up rights to four films: “Cherry Falls” and “Trippin’,” both releases from USA Films’ genre division, Rogue Pictures; Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger”; and “Joe Gould’s Secret,” directed by Stanley Tucci.

GMI, headed by David Linde, has an arrangement with USA whereby it handles foreign sales of all the company’s pics.

Italy’s Istituto Luce, meanwhile, has picked up “Agnes Brown,” the sophomore directing effort from Anjelica Huston, and the British romantic comedy “This Year’s Love.” In Spain, Filmax bought “Cherry Falls,” while Lauren Films bought

“The Last Days” and Albert Brooks’ “The Muse,” starring Brooks, Sharon Stone and Jeff Bridges.

In the U.K., FilmFour has grabbed “Dancer in the Dark,” the forthcoming pic from Danish auteur Lars Von Trier.

In a string of other deals, Linde also closed a 10-pic pact with Intercom in Hungary and has renewed its existing arrangements with distribs in Israel (Shani Films), Iceland (Skifan), Poland (Solopan) and Malaysia (Golden Screen), among other territories.

The gradual rehabilitation of Asia was confirmed by Gaga Communications (Japan), JPO Co. (Korea), Shaw Renters, Spring Cinemas (Taiwan) and Nontanund (Thailand), all of which bought “Muse.”