The Sense of an Ending sold across the world
by Naman Ramachandran
- Ritesh Batra’s Julian Barnes adaptation stars Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling
FilmNation Entertainment concluded a raft of worldwide sales at the recently concluded European Film Market, Berlin, for The Sense of an Ending (UK/US) by Indian director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox [+see also:
film profile]). Sony has acquired Latin America and Eastern Europe, Wild Bunch France, Germany, Italy and Spain, StudioCanal the UK, Svensk Scandinavia, Lumière Benelux, Spentzos Greece, Lusomundo Portugal and Frenetic Switzerland. Fox International Channels has acquired Pan-Asian pay TV rights, and other sales include Longride for Japan, Roadshow for Australia, Mediasoft for South Korea, Lev for Israel, Aqua for Turkey, Edko for Hong Kong, PVR for India, Prima Cinema for Indonesia, Shaw Renters for Singapore and Ster Kinekor for South Africa.
Adapted by playwright Nick Payne (Constellations) from Julian Barnes’ Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sense of an Ending stars Jim Broadbent as a recluse who is forced to face the devastating legacy of his first love and revise his understanding of his own nature. The film also stars Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery and Emily Mortimer. The film is co-financed by BBC Films and produced by Origin Pictures.
Batra said, “It’s been a real pleasure to adapt Julian Barnes’ great novel to the screen; I loved working with the writer Nick Payne and with production. These are exciting times, as the film has sold all over the world; I believe it is a matter of time before we make Indian stories with great Indian actors that will travel more than or as much as English-language cinema does.”