Nanni Moretti’s Sacher Film has acquired Italian rights to Venice Critics’ Week player “Angele et Tony,” which is being sold on the Lido by France’s Pyramide Intl.
In a spirited initial sales run at a festival that does not traditionally boast that much of a market, Lumiere has taken Benelux, Xenix has Switzerland and Palace Films has Australia.
“Angele” is the feature debut of France’s Alix Delaporte, whose “How You Brake Going Downhill,” won a Venice Golden Lion for short in 2006.
It chronicles a love story set in a Normandy fishing village between a local man (Gregory Gadbois) and a young woman (Clotilde Hesme) who answers a dating ad and appears to be hiding a past. Or so the man thinks.
In Delaporte’s words, the pic features “raw sentiments, few words, primal emotions.”
Pyramide will distribute in France. Germany, Austria and Scandinavia are under discussion, Pyramide Intl.’s head of sales Yoann Ubermulhin said at Venice on Sunday.
In further Venice sales from Pyramide, Switzerland’s Cineworx has taken “Naomi,” which is helmed by another first-timer, Israel’s Eitan Zur.
Catherine Breillat’s fairy tale reboot “Sleeping Beauty,” which opened Venice’s Horizons, has sold to the CIS. “The distributor will be announced shortly,” Ubermulhin said.