Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s new production, finance and sales outfit Bloom got off to a strong start in Cannes this week with one of the more sought after projects in town, Gus Van Sant’s Sea Of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey. The film has now virtually sold out around the world after Van Sant and McConaughey came to the Croisette to share their vision with buyers. Among the territories that closed are the UK, Australia and New Zealand (eOne), Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and pan-Latin America (Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions), France (SND), India and Pakistan (Apsara), Israel (United King), Italy (Lucky Red), Japan (Parco) and CIS and the Baltic States (West). McConaughey stars in the drama about a man who journeys to the Sea Of Trees, a dense forest lapping the foothills of Mount Fuji and described by many as the perfect place to die. There, he encounters a Japanese man who has also lost his way. Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts are in negotiations. The film will start production in July.
Music Box Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s Gett, The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem. FilmsDistribution’s Nicolas Brigaud Robert confirms the deal on the Directors’ Fortnight title that premiered to glowing reviews. The story follows a woman’s five-year fight to obtain her divorce in Israel’s Rabbinical Court. Set entirely inside the courtroom, the film centers on Viviane and her lawyer who must face the uncompromising attitude of Elisha, the husband — he keeps refusing the divorce even though they’ve been separated for years. (more…)