Hubbert’s pic bound for Venice

'Shanghai,' 'Empire' seeing sales

Gallic helmer Patrice Chereau’s Isabelle Huppert starrer “Gabrielle” will compete in the Venice Film Festival.

Studio Canal confirmed selection Sunday while announcing a slew of sales, led by deals on Wong Kar-Wai’s “The Lady of Shanghai.”

Nicole Kidman starrer “Shanghai” — which will shoot before the end of this year — has sold to Germany’s Telemunchen Concorde, and to Medusa in Italy, among some 10 deals since Cannes opened last week.

Concorde has also picked up David Lynch’s just-announced “Inland Empire” and “Gabrielle,” a title that many expected to see in Cannes, but will finally screen on the Lido this summer. Pic, based on a story by Joseph Conrad, also stars Pascal Greggory.

The Lynch pic also has sold to a handful of other territories including Russia, Japan, and several Latin American countries, Studio Canal said.

Company announced deals on Xavier Giannoli’s Ludivine Sagnier starrer “Only the Night” sold to Toshiba in Japan and a handful of other territories, and Cedric Klapisch’s soon to be released “The Russian Dolls,” with sales to Brazil, Japan and Greece completing some 20-odd earlier deals.

“This is an excellent market for us, although it obviously depends on the product you have,” Studio Canal’s Muriel Sauzay, exec VP, international sales, said Sunday.

Observing the market overall, the exec opined that Italian distributors appeared cautious this year “for political reasons,” while Germany has only bought competition title, Jim Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers,” with a Teuton distribber thus far.

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