CANNES: Films Distribution Makes Big Sales on ‘Girlhood,’ ‘Cheap Thrills’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Originally posted on Variety:

Leading arthouse sales company Films Distribution has scored a flurry of top-notch deals on Celine Sciamma’s “Girlhood” (pictured) and E.L. Katz’s “Cheap Thrills.”

Directors’ Fortnight standout “Girlhood” clearly enthused Cannes buyers. It was acquired by Studiocanal for the U.K., Atalanta Films for Portugal, Folkets Bio for Sweden, and Fidalgo for Norway.

Films Distribution’s co-founder Nicolas Brigaud-Robert said he would soon be closing the U.S.

Sciamma’s film, the Directors’ Fortnight opener, turns on a young woman craving for freedom who joins a gang of free-spirited girls.

“The film really charmed everyone,” said Brigaud-Robert, explaining that the high pedigree and range of “Girlhood” ’s buyers reflect the crossover potential of the film.

Although it’s driven by a full-blown auteur, the film can appeal to more mainstream audiences.

“Cheap Thrills,” which nabbed the audience prize a South by Southwest, was picked up by Metrodome for the U.K. and Shooting Stars for…

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