Put through by Madrid’s 6 Sales, the deals closed right after Tarantino made an appearance at a Q&A in Busan, after “Wolves’” screened there, to proclaim that “not only is this the best film at Busan, this is the best film of the year.”
The sophomore outing of fast-on-the-rise Israeli scribe-helmers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, “Big Bad Wolves” recently sealed Spain with Inopia. Japan is under negotiation; 6 Sales also aims to license Latin America at the American Film Market.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to Quentin Tarantino for his support. He’s really helped shine a light on the film,” said Marina Fuentes of 6 Sales.
“The fact that two of the biggest distributors in two of the world’s biggest territories have acquired this film further confirms the standout status of ‘Big Bad Wolves,’” added 6 Sales’ Mar Abadin.
“Wolves” has garnered other accolades. The revenge-thriller won the director prize at October’s Sitges Festival, and best film and screenplay at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival. In August, it closed London’s Film 4 Fright Fest, the U.K.’s biggest genre confab.
Magnolia’s Magnet Releasing has acquired “Big Bad Wolves,” which world-premiered at Tribeca, for North American distribution. Metrodome, another blue-chip European distributor, has the U.K., NonStop Turner Scandinavia, Transmission Australia and Lion Media the CIS and Russia.