Seven Cannes acquisitions each for Sena and Greenlight
by Annika Pham
Icelandic distribution companies Greenlight Films and Sena each acquired seven new films at the last Cannes Film Festival and Market.
Greenlight Films – one of Iceland’s most avid buyers of European films – acquired the critics’ Cannes favorite Another Year [+see also:
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At the Market, the company headed by Isleifur Thorhallsson picked up from Celsius Entertainment the documentary Freakonomics; from New Zealand Film, Taika Waititi's Sundance hit Boy; from Six Entertainment, horror flick The Human Centopede; and from Wild Bunch, The Field of Enchantment, by French documentary filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou (Microcosmos), and Terra.
Sena, one of the leading independent distributors in Iceland, acquired four titles from Focus Features: Anton Corbijn’s The American, starring Georges Clooney; Robert Redford’s The Conspirator; Kevin Macdonald’s Eagle of the Ninth; and Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, with Benicio del Toro.
Sena head Konstantin Mikaelsson also bought from ContentFilm the live action/CG feature The Dog Squad: 3D by Les Mayfield (Flubber) and Jake Scott’s Welcome to the Rileys, which premiered at Sundance. Josh Fox’s documentary Gasland (US), winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance, will also be released by Sena.
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