Mike Fleming

It was announced today by IM Global CEO Stuart Ford and the picture’s financiers Emmett/Furla Films, Paul Breuls’ Corsan Films and Len Blavatnik’s AI Film that IM Global has made a number of important territorial sales on Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE during the past fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. IM Global is handling foreign sales alongside AI Film.

Key deals closed included Metropolitan for France, Concorde for Germany, Gaga for Japan, RAI for Italy, Gussi for Latin America, Transmission for Australia, Mis Label for Scandinavia, Paradiso for Benelux, JMD Entertainment for South Korea, Aqua for Turkey, Lusomundo for Portugal, United King for Israel, Golden Scene for Hong Kong, Spentzos for Greece, Padora for Ex-Yugoslavia, Catchplay for Taiwan, Apsara for India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand and MVP for Singapore.

Scorsese came to Cannes to help pitch the project and performed a 45 minute presentation in front of more than 300 international distributors on stage with Ford. He also completed select one-on-one meetings with distributors.

“We are incredibly pleased with the sales for the film in Cannes; it was a fantastic job well done by IM Global and Access Films,” stated Emmett. Said Ford, “Any Martin Scorsese project is an event, but having a directorial legend come and explain his vision for the project in his own words and in his own inimitable style was an unforgettable Cannes experience and inevitably resulted in a flood of interest and very strong sales. I wish they could all be this much fun.” Ford also confirmed that negotiations were ongoing in the small number of as yet unsold territories.

SILENCE is based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel of the same name. Scorsese’s long anticipated film project about faith and religion, tells the story of two 17th century Portuguese missionaries who undertake a perilous journey to Japan to search for their mentor, and to spread the gospel of Christianity. The script was adapted by Scorsese and Jay Cocks. The film, which stars Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe, will begin principal photography in Taiwan in July 2014.

In addition to financing, Randall Emmett & George Furla will also produce alongside Emma Koskoff of Sikelia Productions, Irwin Winkler, Vittorio Cecci Gori, and Barbara DeFina, with Niels Juul and Paul Breuls executive producing.

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