Mongrel International has boarded sales, excluding Canada and the U.S., on Tribeca title The Fixer. The deal was brokered by CAA, which has North America. The drama will make its market debut in Cannes next week. Directed by Ian Olds, who co-wrote with Paul Felten, it stars Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Thomas Jay Ryan, and newcomer Dominic Rains. Rains scooped the Best Actor prize at Tribeca last month. Inspired by Olds’ documentary about an Afghani guide to Western journalists, The Fixer follows Osman (Rains) who is granted asylum in the U.S. He lands in a small bohemian town in Northern California where he befriends a couple of locals, recruiting them to help penetrate the town’s peculiar subculture. When one mysteriously goes missing, Osman gets drawn into the town’s dark underbelly in order to find him. Producers are Caroline von Kuhn’s ACE Productions, in association with Night & Day Pictures, Rabbit Bandini Productions, Gigi Films, Amphora Films, Green Street Film Company, Heart-Headed Productions, RAA Ventures and Relic Pictures.
Seville International will introduce Canadian-German co-production Hana’s Suitcase to buyers in Cannes. The eOne company has boarded international rights to the film from director and screenwriter Ken Scott (Starbuck). An adaptation of Karen Levine’s non-fiction book of the same name, the story is set during and after World War II. It follows the journey of three characters whose lives are interwoven into a tale of great resilience: 11-year-old Hana who is separated from her family and sent to the Theresienstadt Ghetto; Fumiko, a passionate educator, who in 2000 risks her career to put together an exhibit about the Holocaust; and George, a rich entrepreneur who has suppressed his traumatizing past as an Auschwitz survivor — and is also Hana’s brother. Christian Larouche of Christal Films is producing with Scott under his Cinemascott Productions banner, and Henning Molfenter of Babelsberg Film. Ascot Elite reps the film in German-speaking Europe.