U.S. buyers move in to close deals as Cannes winds down

Par signs 'Suicides,' 'Bridge,' bids in for 'Cup,' 'Ghost'

CANNES — Paramount Classics has closed a deal with G2 for distribution rights to the Sofia Coppola-helmed “The Virgin Suicides” in North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Latin America (Daily Variety, May 20).

Par Classics also has made an offer on UGC Intl.’s black & white French-language pic “The Girl on the Bridge” (“La fille sur le pont”). The romantic comedy, directed by Patrice Leconte, stars Daniel Auteuil as a knife-thrower who asks a suicidal young woman he meets on a bridge (Vanessa Paradis) to be the target in his act.

As the fest draws to its climax, U.S. buyers are closing in on a handful of other titles, including “The Cup,” “Beautiful People,” and “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.”

Sony Pictures Classics and Fine Line Features have both lodged bids for “The Cup,” the Tibetan monk movie exec produced by Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures and Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Co. The backers were mulling the offers Thursday, but were also reportedly considering a third option — to handle the U.S. release themselves.

Fine Line also made a modest bid for Jasmin Dizdar’s “Beautiful People,” being repped by Fortissimo Film Sales.

Meanwhile, Artisan and USA Films were eyeing the Jim Jarmusch competition entry “Ghost Dog.”

(Adam Dawtrey in Cannes contributed to this report)