Death At A Funeral Media

German Group buys DAAF

Tele Munchen ties up AFM deals (including Death at a Funeral)

by Erik Kirschbaum


BERLIN — Tele Munchen Group announced Wednesday it had acquired German language rights to a batch of pics in the works in deals completed since AFM.

The films, which will be distribbed in Germany through Concorde Filmverleih, include "In the Valley of Elah," directed and penned by Paul Haggis, with Tommy Lee Jones searching for his missing son with the help of Charlize Theron as a cop.

Other include "Sleuth," helmed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Michael Caine, who featured in the original in 1973, and Jude Law; "Horsemen," a thriller with Dennis Quaid and Zhang Ziyi; "The Hurt Locker," helmed by Kathryn Bigelow, about a group of soldiers in Baghdad; "Death at a Funeral," by helmer Franz Oz; and "Make it Happen" from dance specialist Bille Wood-ruff.

Kimmel does brisk sale of Death at a Funeral at AFM

An excerpt from a Hollywood Reporter Article discussing the American Film Market and Death at a Funeral:

Departing AFM leaves foamless wake

by Stuart Kemp

November 8, 2006

Kimmel International president Mark Lindsay thinks the market is "always tough now" but pointed to the fact that, if sellers have good movies with U.S. distribution in place, buyers will snap up titles.

"It ain't easy, but if you have good films, you will sell out here," Lindsay said. His company practically sold out their slate, reporting strong territory sales led by big demand for the Frank Oz-directed comedy "Death at a Funeral."

Death At A Funeral News

'Funeral' procession moving swiftly

Kimmel International has sealed a slew of territory deals across its slate, headlined by agreements for its Frank Oz-directed comedy "Death at a Funeral," the company said Saturday. Kimmel International president Mark Lindsay said "Death," which will be distributed in the U.S. by MGM, has sold to Concorde TeleMuenchen for Germany, Da Planeta in Spain and Mikado in Italy. Nu Metro has snapped up the movie for South Africa. Lindsay said he is in negotiations with "several interested U.K. distributors" for the movie, which stars Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage and Ewen Bremner in the tale of a dysfunctional British family in the wake of the death of the father.

Variety: First Look Death at a Funeral

First Looks

From: Variety | Date: October 30, 2006


A mix of pics showing footage or unspooling in their entirety for the first time during the 2006 American Film Market:

DEATH AT A FUNERAL: Comedy, about a dysfunctional British family gathered to mourn the passing of their patriarch, toplines Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage, Ewen Bremner and Rupert Graves.

Pic shot in and around London this summer under the helm of Frank Oz ("Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"). Bows Stateside through MGM. A three-minute promo reel will be shown. (Sales: Kimmel Intl.)

Death at a Funeral up for sale for international distribution

Buyers going for the globe

Int'l intrigue awaiting at AFM


October 31, 2006

As the 27th American Film Market kicks off today in Santa Monica, even hardened vets are realizing that the past 26 years of experience are not going to give them any easy answers about what global audiences want.

Buyers and sellers of films are weighing info that appears contradictory as the international marketplace becomes increasingly fragmented. In this past year, pics have been gangbusters in some territories, but die in others....


"You are seeing competition come out of other territories," said Mark Lindsay, prexy of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment's intl. sales arm. "They can make these local productions and own them in perpetuity."

Exec -- who will be repping pics including the Frank Oz-helmed "Death at a Funeral," helmer Kasi Lemmons latest project and Billy Ray's "Breach" -- added that star-driven fare is not as surefire with foreign buyers as it once was.

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