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VENICE 2013 Market

Biz and buzz at the Venice Film Market

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- Titles such as Tracks, Philomena and Kaze Tachinu are among the hottest sales hits

Biz and buzz at the Venice Film Market

Stephen Frears’ new drama Philomena [+see also:
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, the Australian adventure Tracks [+see also:
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(photo) by John Curran as well as David Gordon Greens’ new feature film Joe with Nicolas Cage are among the titles which caused a lot of buzz at the Venice Film Market. While Stephen Frears’ new film with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan went to Square One in Germany, and Joe was snapped by Koch Media, while The Weinstein Co. acquired the U.S. rights to Tracks in which a young woman travels 2,700 kilometres through the desert with three camels. The sales agent HanWay expects to close further deals at the film market in Toronto.

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The Japanese animation film Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) by Hayao Miyazaki, which Wild Bunch secured for several territories, received very positive reactions. Meanwhile the Israeli-Palestinian relationship drama Bethlehem [+see also:
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was sold to Diaphana in France and Real Fiction in Germany. German sales outfit The Match Factory expects to close deals with Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves and the German competition entry The Police Officer’s Wife [+see also:
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by Philip Gröning.

The British lion candidate Under the Skin [+see also:
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with Scarlett Johansson was already pre-sold by FilmNation to several territories such as BiM Distribuzione in Italy or Senator in Germany. A German distributor also has Kim Ki-duk’s Moebius with MFA Filmdistribution and the exotic 3D plane crash adventure Amazonia [+see also:
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which will be released by Polyband.

Further pick-ups are expected for films such as the British road movie Locke [+see also:
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by Steven Knight which takes place entirely in a car, the drama Parkland about the circumstances surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Danish feature documentary Pine Ridge [+see also:
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by Anna Eborn for which UK based art-house sales agency Film Republic acquired the world rights in Venice.

Pascal Diot, Director of the Venice Film Market, strikes a positive balance. In terms of attendance, the second Venice Film Market is already a great success. “We have 246 distributors and 86 world sellers from 58 countries here”, reports Pascal Diot. Besides the Italian participants, industry representatives from France, Germany, the US and UK are showing the strongest presence.

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