BIM Distribuzione has snapped up Italo rights to Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” capping a relatively active Cannes Market for Italian buyers, despite their cautious approach.
BIM topper Valerio De Paolis inked the deal with Cologne-based sales company The Match Factory shortly before Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee,” based on a book of stories by a Buddhist abbot, took the Palme.
The BIM pickup confirms De Paolis’ instinct for picking winners at top fests.
In Cannes BIM also boarded Lars von Trier’s apocalyptic “Melancholia,” which is being produced by Zentropa and scheduled to start shooting in Sweden in July.
Meanwhile, Italy’s Lucky Red snapped up Cannes’ Grand Prix winner “Of Gods and Men,” helmer Xavier Beauvois’ fact-based account of French Trappist monks under siege in Algeria, from Wild Bunch; Vania Traxler’s Archibald Enterprise took Belgian drama “Illegal” by Anne Coesens, winner of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight SACD nod, from Gaul’s Films Distribution; and Nanni Moretti’s Sacher Distribution took docu “Cleveland vs. Wall Street,” by Jean-Stephane Bron, also from Films Distribution.