Lot 47 binges on ‘Fast Food’

Shingle on pic rights buying splurge

Lot 47 Films is proving to be an active post-Cannes buyer: the Gotham shingle has acquired North American rights to Amos Kollek’s “Fast Food Fast Women,” which screened in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Company plans to release the pic next spring.

Deal follows closely on the heels of Lot 47 Films’ acquisition of North American rights to the Korean film “Chunhyang,” also screened in the main competition at Cannes.

Written and directed by Kollek and produced by Hengameh Panahi, “Fast Food Fast Women” is a contemporary, New York-based comedy starring Anna Thompson and Louise Lasser. It follows the romantic twists and turns of the patrons of a Manhattan coffee shop and its waitress.

“It was a delight to see that New York’s most steadfast and independent filmmaker had made his best and most accessible film to date,” said Lot 47 Films president Jeff Lipsky. “Having worked previously with John Cassavetes and Henry Jaglom, I look forward to working with a New Yorker who is cut from the same cloth.”

The deal was brokered by Lipsky and Hengameh Panahi, sales exec with Celluloid Dreams, who produced the film along with France’s Ocean Films, Italy’s Bim and Germany’s Pandora.

Along with “Fast Food Fast Women” and “Chunhyang,” Lot 47 also acquired from Cannes Stravros Kazantzidis’ “Russian Doll” and Harry Sinclair’s “The Price of Milk” — from Australia and New Zealand, respectively.

In addition to those titles, the company will release Aiyana Elliott’s Sundance award-winning doc “The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack” in August, Tonie Marshall’s “Venus Beauty Institute” in late October and Chris Livingston’s “Hit and Runway” in early 2001.

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