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CANNES 2009 Market / Germany

Match Factory sells Ajami to France and UK

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The Cologne-based sales company The Match Factory, headed by Michael Weber, has sold the closing film of the Directors' Fortnight, the Israeli/German co-production Ajami [+see also:
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by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, to Vertigo Films in the UK and Ad Vitam in France.

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The film about Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood, where Palestinian and Israelis live side by side, had private screenings at the market ahead of its official screening on Friday, May 22. Other territories are in negotiations such as Benelux, Switzerland, Greece, South America and Germany. The film was produced by Mosh Danon of Inosan Productions in Israel, in co-production with Germany’s Twenty Twenty Vision.

On The Match Factory’s Cannes line-up is also Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza’s competition title Kinatay, which screened last Sunday to mixed reviews; as well as a handful of Berlinale 2009 titles such as Theo AngelopoulosThe Dust of Time [+see also:
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, Adrian Biniez’s Gigante [+see also:
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and Claudia Llosa’s The Milk of Sorrow [+see also:
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To continue to build its library of auteur-driven titles, The Match Factory has also picked up three films by German writer/director Christian Wagner: Waller’s Last Trip (winner of a Camera d’Or Special Mention in 1988), Transatlantis (which screened in competition at the 1995 Berlinale) and War Child, about a mother living in Sarajevo and looking for her daughter who was kidnapped during the Bosnian conflict.

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