Studio Canal Plus, the film arm of the Canal Plus group, has reported strong sales on its newly acquired slate of English-lingo pics, with German buyers particularly active.
“Our English-language films have sold out in Germany,” noted sales head Daniel Marquet. “The Germans have been buying very fast.”
German distrib Advanced pre-bought “Cecil B Demented,” one of several films Studio Canal Plus signed on to just prior to Cannes. Others are Abel Ferrara’s crime thriller “R’Xmas,” starring Forest Whitaker, Annabella Sciorra and John Leguizamo; George Romero’s “Bruiser”; Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Weight of Water”; and the director’s cut of Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Blood Simple.”
Negotiations are under way with U.K. distribs, and deals are expected to close in Cannes on “Cecil B Demented,” “Bruiser” and “The Weight of Water.”
In Spain, Lauren Film has bought Diane Kurys’ love story between George Sand and Alfred de Musset, “Les enfants du siecle,” starring Juliette Binoche and Benoit Magimel. Lauren picked up “Bruiser,” Steve Miner’s “Lake Placid” and Matthew Warchus’ “Simpatico” at AFM.
Warchus’ pic, which stars Sharon Stone, Nick Nolte and Jeff Bridges, has been sold virtually throughout the world, with only the U.K. and Australia left. Marquet expects to close a U.K. deal in Cannes.
Of the company’s English-lingo fest competition pics, David Lynch’s “The Straight Story” is safely sold out. Studio Canal Plus raised around $15 million in sales on the $10 million pic.
As for Jim Jarmusch’s “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai,” financed by Studio Canal Plus and JVC, U.S. and Latin American rights are all that’s left.