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Cannes: Tom Hanks-Alicia Vikander Thriller ‘Circle’ Sees Strong Sales

IM Global has reported strong sales at Cannes for the upcoming tech thriller “The Circle,” starring Tom Hanks and Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”), with James Ponsoldt directing.

The Circle” has sold to most major territories, including Germany (Universum), the U.K. (Studiocanal), Latin America (Imagem), France (Mars), Italy (Good Films), Scandinavia (Mis. Label), Benelux (Paradiso) and Australia (Roadshow).

“The Circle” is produced by Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone, Anthony Bregman’s Likely Story, Ponsoldt, Walter Parkes and Laurie Macdonald. Image Nation Abu Dhabi is fully financing. CAA and UTA are handling U.S. rights.

The film, based on Dave Eggers’ 2013 novel, follows a young techie who joins a powerful online company that links users’ personal emails, social media accounts, banking and purchasing to their universal operating system. The experience begins well, but falls apart.

The film has also sold to Switzerland (Impuls), the Middle East (Selim Ramin), Poland, Czech Republic/Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria (Prorom), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Taiwan (Catchplay), Hong Kong (Bravos), Greece (Spentzos), Portugal (Lusomundo) and Thailand (JoynContents).

IM Global’s sales team is led by new president of international sales and distribution Michael Rothstein, who replaced Jonathan Dekter after he took a job with Voltage. News about the sales was first reported by Deadline.com.

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