Pathe International has scored strong sales for a handful of its titles. Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, tells the true story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, who caused an international stir when he married Ruth Williams, a white woman from London in the 1940’s. The interracial union was opposed by both their families, as well as the British government, the Tribal elders of Botswana and the apartheid government of South Africa. The couple would not be denied, overcoming huge obstacles to be together, including exile and the abdication of the throne.
Oyelowo produced with Rick McCallum, Brunson Green, Justin Moore Lewy and Charlie Mason. The script was written by Guy Hibbert, whose credits include Omagh and most recently Drone drama Eye In The Sky. Hibbert also exec produced with Pathe’s Cameron McCracken. Deals were closed with Telepool in Germany, Videa in Italy, Transmission in Australia/New Zealand, Mis Label in Scandinavia, Cinemundo in Portugal, Feelgood in Greece, Bir Film in Turkey, Gulf Film in the Middle East and Paradiso in Benelux.
Cezanne et Moi, about the 19th century painter, had previously sold to Gulf, Cinemundo, Feelgood and Bir in their respective territories, as well as Prokino in Germany, Green Narae in Korea and Joint Entertainment in Taiwan.
Eternity, starring Melanie Laurent, Audrey Tatou and Berenice Bejo, sold to Transmission, TriArt Film, Cinemundo and Filmarti.