From Golden Bear to Palme d’Or for The Match Factory
by Bénédicte Prot
German international seller The Match Factory, whose catalogue includes the Golden Bear winner at the latest Berlinale, Honey, (as well as the previous year’s winner and 2010 Oscar nominee, The Milk of Sorrow [+see also:
film profile]; and Ajami [+see also:
film profile]), has celebrated a second major victory at Cannes with the Palme d'Or awarded on Sunday evening to French/German/Spanish/UK/Thai co-production Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives [+see also:
film profile]. This is also the company’s second co-production, according to Michael Weber, managing director of The Match Factory and co-producer on the film.
At the Cannes Film Market, Uncle Boonmee was sold to numerous territories including, in Europe, France (Pyramide Distribution), the United Kingdom (New Wave Films), Spain (Karma Films), Italy (BIM Distribuzione), Benelux (Contact Film), Switzerland (Trigon), Austria (Stadtkino Wien), Denmark (Sunrise Distribution), Norway (Arthaus), Sweden (Folkets Bio), The Czech Republic and Slovakia (Artcam), Greece (Ama Films), Poland (AP Mañana), Portugal (Midas Films), Romania (Independenta Films), the former Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom), Russia and the Baltic countries (Artcinema).
Boosted by its growing international reputation, The Match Factory won over buyers with some of its other titles presented at Cannes. These include Christoph Hochhäusler’s The City Below [+see also:
interview: Christoph Hochhäusler
film profile] (Un Certain Regard), which was sold to Bodega Films for France and ABC Distribution for Benelux; and Aktan Arym Kubat’s The Light Thief [+see also:
film profile] (Directors’ Fortnight), bought by ZED Distribution for France and Trigon for Switzerland.
(Translated from French)
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