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UK indie distributor Swipe Films has acquired Alexandre Castagnetti’s Love Is In The Air. The French romantic comedy stars Cannes jury member Ludivine Sagnier. It opened in France via UPI in April. The story sees a volatile former couple meet up on a NY-Paris flight. Swipe will roll the pic out in the UK and Ireland. Gregoire Melin’s Kinology is selling.
Stuart Ford’s IM Global is teaming with Switzerland’s Impuls Pictures on an output deal. The pact adds to IM Global’s existing arrangements in Germany (Universum), Russia and Eastern Europe (Top Film), Latin America (Sun Distribution) and the UK, Canada and Spain (eOne). Ford calls Impuls’ twin brother owners Peter Schaumlechner and Patrick Schaumlechner “the Chopard, Rolex, and Roger Federer of Swiss film distribution.”
Viggo Mortensen is boarding the French and Arabic-language Lion des Hommes (Far from Men), based on an Albert Camus short story, L’Hôte (The Guest). Pic, produced by One World Productions, will be filmed in French and Arabic. Viggo Mortensen will play an Algerian-born Spanish schoolteacher in the film set in the Algerian mountains during Algeria’s war for independence. Filming begins in Morocco in October. Mortensen is repped by Rawlins Company and Principato-Young.
Zentropa and Nordisk Film are to produce the adaptation of the 1945 Swedish bestseller The Long Ships with director and writer under negoatiations. Frans Gunnar Bengtsson’s adventure novel is set in the 10th century and tells the story of Red Orm, a Viking who embarks on a journey that ends up changing the course of history. Zentropa CEO Peter Aalbæk Jensen (Nymphomaniac) is producing with Sisse Graum Jørgensen (The Hunt, The Salvation). Exec producer is Lone Korslund (Headhunters, Kon-Tiki).
Rainmark Films’ Tracey Scoffield and Frank Doelger, in partnership with Germany’s Beta, have acquired film rights to Derek B. Miller’s novel Norwegian By Night. The company is developing the project from the American-born writer with a director soon to be attached. The story follows an 82-year-old widower and ex-Marine who lives in Oslo with his granddaughter and her Norwegian husband. When he witnesses the murder of a woman in his apartment complex, he rescues her son and races across the Norwegian wilderness, chased by the murderers and the police. The deal was struck with Miller’s literary agency Janklow & Nesbit. Rainmark produced the Cannes official selection title Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, which screens Wednesday, and Doelger is exec producer of Game Of Thrones.
Scandinavian sales outfit TrustNordisk found good fortunes with its promo reels in Berlin, closing a number of deals at that market. It’s now sold Lukas Moodysson’s We Are The Best to several distributors based on a three-minute promo presented here in Cannes on Saturday. Metrodome picked it up for the UK, Wild Bunch has Benelux, Frenetic took it for Switzerland and Continental Film acquired it in ex-Yugoslavia. The film is based on a graphic novel by Coco Moodysson and tells the story of three outsiders in 1980s Stockholm who start a punk band even though everyone says punk is dead. Its local release is set for October 2013.
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