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Fox Searchlight nabs ‘Bend’

Pic third acquisition for company at Cannes

Fox Searchlight has picked up North American and South American distribution rights to “Bend It Like Beckham,” from U.K. sales outfit the Works.

“Beckham,” which was released in the U.K. through Helkon SK and has grossed $12.9 million.

Film, directed by Gurinder Chadha and produced by Chadha and Deepak Nayar, stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in a comedy about bending the rules to make dreams come true.

The acquisition marks the third for Fox Searchlight this at market, which has also bought Neil Jordan’s “The Good Thief” and the French film “The Spanish Apartment.”

Twentieth Century Fox is also in negotiations with indie sales, production and financing company Myriad Pictures for North American distribution rights to Jordan’s “Borgia,” though that deal is contingent on Myriad raising the additional financing for the big-budgeted pic from foreign pre-sales.

“Beckham” deal was brokered by Aline Perry of The Works and Fox Searchlight’s senior VP acquisitions Tony Safford and exec VP Joseph De Marco.