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Focus adds sales for ‘Arthur Newman’

Firth-Blunt starrer set for release in France, Italy

Focus Features Intl. enjoyed a healthy European Film Market, locking sales on its Colin Firth-Emily Blunt starrer “Arthur Newman,” which sold to Mars Distribution in France and Videa in Italy.

Pic, helmed by Dante Ariola and penned by Becky Johnston, was already 75% sold before it came to the EFM in Berlin but Focus completed the deals with the two countries off the back of a promo reel.

Sources indicate that Alliance Films’ British arm, Momentum Pictures, is in talks for U.K. rights.

“Newman” follows two people trying to escape their past who move into an abandoned house together.

While Focus didn’t — and typically doesn’t — bring new product to the EFM, the sales outfit did also privately screen Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” to select buyers.

Pic, which is being released in U.K. via Universal and had presold to a raft of territories before the market, is in the final throes of hammering out deals with Spain and Scandinavia although details have yet to be disclosed.