Studio Canal wraps deals for 4 pix

Outfit sells 'Zimmer,' 'Dolls,' 'Lady,' 'Empire'

As the market wound down, Studio Canal was riding high, wrapping up a slew of territories for its four highest-profile pics.

“This has been an historic market for us,” said Muriel Sauzay, head of international sales for the outfit. “Our numbers have been excellent.”

Sauzay said Studio Canal’s good run of it was due in large part to the sales of “Anthony Zimmer,” “Russian Dolls,” “Inland Empire” and “Lady From Shanghai.”

“Anthony Zimmer,” helmed by Jerome Salle and starring Sophie Marceau, sold to 10 territories during the market including Spain, Canada, Mexico and Taiwan, completing 20 previous deals. Still, the company didn’t manage to find takers for the pic in the U.S. or U.K.

Studio Canal ran into the same problem with “Russian Dolls,” whose cast includes Romain Duris, Cannes mistress of ceremonies Cecile de France and Audrey Tautou. Company managed to sell the pic to all territories except the U.S. and U.K. The company recently closed deals in Australia, Thailand and China for the Cedric Klapish pic.

The company was also feeling the love for the newly announced David Lynch pic “Inland Empire,” adding Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Italy, and Israel to the previously announced sales to Germany, Russia, Japan, Greece and several Latin American territories.

While Sauzay declined to specify how much coin they pocketed during the market, she said that “Inland Empire” sold on the same level as Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive,” while Wong Kar Wai’s “Lady From Shanghai” brought home more bacon than Polanski’s 2003 pic “The Pianist.”

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