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Pathe Int’l. closes 70 deals

Hot titles include 'Iron Lady,' 'This Must Be the Place'

Pathe Intl. has closed more than 70 sales rolling off a vibrant Cannes market.

One of Pathe’s most buzzed-about titles, Meryl Streep starrer “The Iron Lady,” was snapped up worldwide. Territories sold included Canada (Alliance), Japan (Gaga), CIS (Daro), Poland (Best Films), Mexico (Gussi), Baltics (Acme), Colombia (Cine Colombia), China (Golden Harvest), Malaysia (Golden Screen) and Thailand (M Pictures).

The Pathe Intl. sales team, headed by Muriel Sauzay, is in advanced negotiation with a South Korean buyer.

“Iron Lady,” a Margaret Thatcher biopic, was nabbed by the Weinstein Co. following the exclusive promo screening on the market’s second day.

Paolo Sorrentino’s English-lingo debut, “This Must Be the Place,” which played in competition, was nabbed in Australia and New Zealand (Hopscotch), CIS (Ivan Media), Spain (Alta), Turkey (Film A), Thailand (M Pictures) and Indonesia (PT Camila). Pic, starring Sean Penn as an aging rock star, won Cannes’ Ecumenical Jury prize.

Lebanese helmer Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now,” was nabbed for Australia and New Zealand (Hopscotch), Germany (Tobis), Spain (Alta), Portugal (Ecofilmes), Poland (Best Films), Turkey (Film A), Argentina (CDI) and Colombia (Cine Colombia).

Produced by Les Films des Tournelles and co-produced by Pathe, pic world preemed in Un Certain Regard and won an Ecumenical special mention.

Alain Cavalier’s competition player “Pater” was picked up for Spain (Silenzio Films) and Portugal (Clap Filmes).

Sales also heated up on first-timer Omid Nooshin’s thriller, “Last Passenger.” Pic was snapped up for Brazil (Playarte), Poland (Best Films), CIS (Paradise), Middle East (Phars), Portugal (Lusomundo), Indonesia (PT Camila), Turkey (Chantier) and Thailand (M Pictures). Pathe Intl. is fielding offers for the U.S. and the U.K.

Shingle sold Ryuhei Kitamura’s “No One Lives,” starring Luke Evans, to Germany (Tiberius), Portugal (Lusomundo), Middle East (Phars) and Thailand (M Pictures). Shooting starts June 13.

Anne Fontaine comedy “My Worst Nightmare,” starring Isabelle Huppert and Benoit Poelvoorde, sold to Germany (Concorde), CIS (Daro), Ukraine (Aurora), Poland (Best Films), Portugal (Lusomundo) and Middle East (Phars). Pic had previously sold to Italy (Bim), Argentina (Alfa Filmes) and Benelux (Alternative Films).

Daniel Auteuil’s directorial debut, “The Well-Digger’s Daughter,” was acquired for Australia (Madman), Mexico (Gussi), Colombia (Cine Colombia) and Eastern Europe. Pathe recently announced it would co-produce, distribute in France and sell three more films directed by Auteuil, adapted from Gallic scribe-director Marcel Pagnol’s 1930s trilogy “Marius,” “Fanny” and “Cesar.”

In other deals, Olivier Baroux’s “The Tuche Family” was sold to Germany (Tiberius), CIS (Daro), Middle East (Phars); while Frederic Schoendoerffer’s “Switch” sold to the U.K. (Anchor Bay), CIS (Ivan Media), Brazil (Playarte), Japan (Broadmedia Studios), Indonesia (PT Camila) and Hong Kong (Edko).

Recent Pathe Intl. acquisitions include Kelly Asbury’s “Gnomeo and Juliet” and Guillermo del Toro-produced “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.”

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