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Momentum bowled over by cricket pic

Pathe Intl. to handle foreign sales

LONDON — Momentum Pictures has pre-bought U.K. rights to Paul Morrison’s “Wondrous Oblivion,” the second film to be bankrolled by Michael Kuhn’s new production shingle.

Kuhn has also appointed Pathe Intl. to handle foreign sales on the $6 million pic, which starts shooting in August.

“Wondrous Oblivion” is a quirky tale of a misfit Jewish boy growing up in 1960s London. When a West Indian family moves in next door, the whole street is shocked, but he sees it as the chance to learn how to play cricket.

Cast includes Emily Woof, Stanley Townsend and Sam Smith (Oliver in the BBC’s recent “Oliver Twist”) as the boy. Jonny Persey of APT Films is producing, with Kevin Loader as exec producer.

Oscar-nommed debut

Morrison’s debut, “Solomon and Gaenor,” was a Welsh-lingo pic that was nominated for a foreign-language Oscar in 2000.

Kuhn’s first movie, the Heath Ledger starrer “The Sin Eater,” is in post. That pic was financed under Kuhn’s output deal with 20th Century Fox for North America and selected foreign territories. The studio also chose to pick up all remaining rights in the rest of the world.

Because of the low budget for “Wondrous Oblivion,” Fox has allowed Kuhn to bankroll the movie outside its output deal, using his German film fund, with the studio retaining first option on North American rights.

Next up for Kuhn under his Fox deal will be “Georgiana,” based on Amanda Foreman’s biography of the 18th century Duchess of Devonshire.

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