Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2015: Deals Round-Up

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes 2015: Deals Round-Up

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Behind the glamour of this year's Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.

A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.

In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: "Acquisition agents are telling me that it's the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I've been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer."

North America

HOT PROJECTS

Universal Pictures and Focus Features took worldwide rights to Tom Ford's upcoming thriller Nocturnal Animals, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, in a deal reportedly worth $20m. [Story]

Open Road paid around $4m for US rights to boxing drama Bleed For This, starring Miles Teller. [Story]

A further multi-territory deal was signed with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. [Story]

IM Global's cyberthriller The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and Alicia Vikander, scored a strong list of deals. [Story]

Sony Pictures Classics paid a reported $6m for US rights to political thriller Truth, starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett. [Story]

eOne's Seville International announced key territories on Xavier Dolan's It's Only The End of the World (Juste la fin du monde), including deals with the UK, Italy and Japan. [Story]

Further deals were announced later in the market. [Story]

Vendian also emerged as a key partner with Wild Bunch's new LA outpost Insiders on Sean Penn drama Flag Day. [Story]

Lionsgate acquired US rights to Genius, starring Jude Law as author Thomas Wolfe and Colin Firth as editor Max Parkins. Cast also includes Nicole Kidman and Guy Pearce. [Story]

eOne scored a raftof deals, including a multi-territory agreement with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, to investigative journalism drama Spotlight, starring Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo. [Story]

The Weinstein Company acquired US rights to boxing drama Hands Of Stone, starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro. [Story]

Carol director Todd Haynes set to direct an adaptation of Brian Selznick's children's book, Wonderstruck. [Story]

Good Universe introduced buyers to new Ellen Page, Allison Janney project Tallulah. [Story]

CANNES TITLES

Cohen Media Group acquired US rights from Elle Driver to Emmanuelle Bercot's Cannes Film Festival opener Standing Tall. [Story]

Search Engine Films acquired Canadian rights from Elle Driver to Emmanuelle Bercot's Cannes Film Festival opener Standing Tall (La Tête Haute). [Story]

Sundance Selects acquired US rights to Alice Winocour's Disorder (Maryland) (Un Certain Regard), starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger. [Story]

Alchemy picked up Gaspar Noe's Love for US. [Story]

A24 secured US rights to Trey Edward Shults' Krisha (Critics' Week) as well as his next film. [Story]

Studi°Canal also acquired Krisha for the UK. [Story]

Magnolia Pictures acquired US rights to Arnaud Desplachin's My Golden Days (Directors' Fortnight opener). [Story]

IFC picked up US rights to A Perfect Day (Directors' Fortnight), starring Benecio del Toro and Tim Robbins. [Story]

Cohen Media Group took North American rights to Turkish feature Mustang (Directors' Fortnight). [Story]

Kino Lorber took US rights to Cannes Classics documentary Sembene!. [Story]

CANNES DEALS

Former Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow flew into Cannes with new finance and production venture Vendian Entertainment, which had raised $100m in equity and got behind six of the biggest titles to hit the market: Oliver Stone's Snowden; The Free State Of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey; Black Mass starring Johnny Depp; Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge; Tom Cruise-starrer Mena; and Nicolas Winding-Refn's The Neon Demon. …

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