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Toronto: Wide Rolls Out ‘Nojoom,’ Seals U.S. Deal With Film Movement

Paris-based sales company also closes France on ‘Wonderland,’ Canada on ‘2 Nights Till Morning’

Paris-based Wide, headed by Loic Magneron, has clinched first sales on “I Am Nojoom Age 10 and Divorced,” the 2014 Dubai Fest best fiction film winner.

Deals for U.S. distribution with Film Movement and for Canada on the Wide-sold “2 Nights Till Morning” have just closed in the run-up to Toronto, rolling off its Montreal Fest best director win; Wide has also clinched a French all-rights deal on “Wonderland,” one of Locarno’s big new Swiss films.

France (Synergy Films), Spain (Splendor Films), Sweden (ACIS, for TV and VOD), Turkey (Sinema TV), Brazil (Esfera Filmes), Taiwan (Movie Cloud) and Thailand (Yodmala Co Ltd) have closed on “Nojoom,” a social issue meller centering on a 10-year-old Yemeni child-bride who rebels against her fate — helmed by documentarian/writer Khadija Al-Salami, a child-bride at 11, in her first fiction feature.

“A lot of distributors felt very passionate about it and really wanted the subject to be better known,” said Georgia Poivre, a Wide sales exec.

K Films has picked up all rights to Quebec on the English-language debut of Helsinki-based Mikko Kuparinen, “2 Nights Till Morning.” “We had just started showing ‘2 Nights’ to Quebecois buyers in Montreal and have already closed a deal, which shows how universal and emotional the film is,” Wide’s Magneron told Variety.

He added, about the film’s originality: “In opposition to classic romantic comedies, this film shows a strong woman who refuses to give in to ‘love at first sight.’” “2 Nights” stars Canada’s Marie-Josee Croze, a Cannes 2003 best actress winner for Denys Arcand’s “Barbarian Invasions,” and a highlight in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” as a French architect on a business trip who meets Nouianen’s D.J. in Vilnius, Lithuania. They end up spending the night together, but their one-night stand is unexpectedly extended.

K Films has already picked up “The Priest’s Children,” which Wide opened for theatrical in France.

Targeting DVD, TV and digital, the Film Movement deal takes in “Cruel” and Brit Edinburgh winner “Hide and Seek.” Cruel,” a genre auteur movie from France’s Eric Cheriere, has been available on Amazon Instant since Aug. 30 and will be on Netflix as of Sept. 30 and on DVD starting May 1, 2016.

“Hide and Seek” will be available on cable and satellite VOD, iTunes and Amazon Instant starting Oct. 2. Its DVD release is skedded for DVD on Dec. 1.

Meanwhile, Kanibal Films Distribution has taken all rights for France to “Wonderland.”

“It’s a first deal on ‘Wonderland,” said Poivre, a Wide sales exec. “In France, Kanibal feels it is promoting a generation of talent and especially a way of making films since the film has 10 directors but has just one narrative.”

She added: “Kanibal is a distributor we’ve been working with for many years now. We believe it’s very important to kick off the next sales around the world. France is a key market in Europe, obviously.”

Wide has clinched a digital rights deal for China with Lemon Tree on two titles: “My Skinny Sister” and World War II film “Summer Solstice.”

Met by large applause when it world premiered at Sweden’s Goteborg Fest, Swede Sanna Lenken’s debut “My Skinny Sister,” the story of two siblings, one with an eating disorder, went on to win Goteborg’s Audience Award for best Nordic film and a Berlinale Crystal Bear. Pic played Cannes’ Ecrans Juniors.

On “My Skinny Sister,” “We’ve almost sold out on the world,” said Poivre. The title has proved one of Wide’s most popular. The sales agent has co-organized an E.U. Media Program Distribution application, supported by 24 distributors. “My Skinny Sister” has sold to 30-plus territories worldwide, though U.S./Canada rights are still available, Poivre added. Chinese deal is for DVD and VOD, she said.

 

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