Cannes: Le Pacte Converts Worldwide Buyers To Jaco Van Dormael’s ‘Testament’
CANNES — On the heels of its world premiere at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, Le Pacte has sold Jaco Van Dormael’s surreal comedy “The Brand New Testament” to all major territories.
Le Pacte’s sales team, headed by Camille Neel, has clinched deals for the U.K. and Ireland (Metrodome), Spain (Vertigo), Benelux (Belga), Switzerland (Frenetic), Italy (Eye Wonder), Australia (Madman), Japan (Asmik Ace), Central America (Pacifica Grey), Argentina (Lat-E), Denmark (41 Shadows), Korea (At Nine), Mexico (Mantarraya), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), Russia (Premium) and Equator (Tropico).
Neel said the movie has also received strong interest from U.S. distributors.
“The Brand New Testament,” co-written by Van Dormael and Thomas Gunzig, stars Benoit Polevoorde (“Man Bites Dog,” “Three Hearts” ) as God, a Brussels-based man whose computer gets hacked by his daughter, leaking to the entire world their date of death. Catherine Deneuve (“Three Hearts”) and Yolande Moreau (“Seraphine”) also topline.
After showing a promo at Berlin, Le Pacte had already pre-sold the movie to Germany and Austria (NFP), the Czech Republic/Slovakia (Aerofilms), Hungary (Mozinet), Romania (Independenta), Norway (Njuta), Sweden (Another World), Brazil (Imovision), the former Yugoslavia (MCF), Turkey (Kurmaca), Poland (Gutek), Switzerland (Frenetic), Belgium (Belga), Grece (Strada) and Hong Kong (Edko).
Le Pacte will distribute “The Brand New Testament” in France.