Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Critics' Week Title 'Ava' Clocks Deals for Bac

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Critics' Week Title 'Ava' Clocks Deals for Bac

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EXCLUSIVE: French outfit also scores sales on The Teacher and The Third Wave.

French sales company Bac Films is reporting strong interest for French director Léa Mysius's debut feature Ava [pictured], which premiered to packed theatres in Critics' Week at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The title has sold to Australia and New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), China (Lemon Tree), Taiwan (Catchplay), Switzerland (Praesens), and Turkey (Filmarti).

Bac sales chief Gilles Sousa said there was strong interest from several other territories, notably Benelux, Germany and the US.

The picture, which is in the running for Cannes Caméra d'Or as a first-time feature, stars rising French actress Laure Calamy as a teenager who is losing her sight and embarks on a momentous summer and steals a big black dog.

Other new Bac titles drawing buyers include Olivier Ayache-Vidal's feel-good tale The Teacher starring Denis Podalydès as a teacher seconded to a tough school who strikes-up an unlikely rapport with a disruptive pupil. …

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