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Film Sales takes ‘Control’

Company heads to Cannes with Antal pic, 'Drum' in tow

Film Sales Co., the Gotham-based outfit headed by Andrew Herwitz, has beefed up its Cannes slate with Hungarian director Nimrod Antal’s domestic hit “Control,” which screens at the fest in Un Certain Regard.

The action thriller about a hooded killer on the loose in the subway system is the highest-grossing local production released in Hungary in recent years.

Also at Cannes, Herwitz will be selling director David Hickson’s South African-U.S. co-production “Beat the Drum,” about a boy orphaned by the AIDS epidemic who journeys from his village to Johannesburg to find his uncle. Family drama screens in the Cannes market.

Film Sales Co. has three titles screening this week in the Tribeca Film Festival, including Lilibet Foster’s documentary tribute to New York firefighters, “Brotherhood,” from @Radical.Media, the production banner behind Errol Morris’ Oscar winner “The Fog of War.”

Also at Tribeca is Irish helmer John Simpson’s gritty thriller of paranoia and police persecution “Freeze Frame,” which Universal will release in Ireland and the U.K. in July; and Alan Wade’s character drama “The Pornographer/A Love Story,” with Irene Jacob, Martin Donovan and Maggie Gyllenhaal.