Magazine article Screen International

Jean-Luc Godard's Cannes Winner Sold to 30 Territories

Magazine article Screen International

Jean-Luc Godard's Cannes Winner Sold to 30 Territories

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EXCLUSIVE: Cannes Jury Prize winner marks Godard's first Official Selection award in 50-year career.

Jean-Luc Godard's Cannes Jury Prize winner Goodbye to Language (Adieu au Langage) is proving a hit with buyers as well as critics.

Paris-based sales powerhouse Wild Bunch has sold the film to 30 territories including Japan (Gaga), the UK (StudioCanal), China (Domo Media), Latin America including Brazil (Imovision) and CIS (Carmen).

Deals for Benelux, Germany, the US and Canada are under discussion.

Wild Bunch Distribution released the 3D film in France on May 21.

"As well as prompting rave reviews from the critics in Cannes and winning the Jury Prize, the film is also drawing buyers from around the world," commented Wild Bunch sales chief Carole Baraton.

Goodbye to Language shared the Jury Prize with Canadian director Xavier Dolan's competition debut Mommy.

It is the first time 83-year-old Godard - who has presented 19 films in Cannes, kicking off with the Dziga Vertov Group's collective work Wind From The East in 1970 - has won an Official Selection prize. …

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