The Exchange Sells Out Jean-Claude Van Damme Pic ‘Swelter’
Jean-Claude Van Damme starrer Swelter had a hot run at the recent AFM. Sales company The Exchange says the film sold out worldwide with a North American deal currently under negotiation. The Muscles from Brussels is joined in the film by Alfred Molina, Lennie James, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Freya Tingley. Keith Parmer (Mob Rules) is director on the movie that sees a group of notorious Las Vegas casino robbers seeking out their former accomplice who’s now a cop with no memory of his past. Swelter is the first completed movie financed by Exchange Peaks Film Capital, a fund that’s financed by production outfit Grand Peaks and run by The Exchange. Among the territory deals secured during the AFM are the UK (Anchor Bay), Germany/Switzerland (Planet Media), Latin America (Swen), France (Happy Audience), Japan (Culture Convenience Club), Australia/NZ (Transmission), South Korea (Sonamu Pictures) and Singapore (Shaw), among many others. Exec producers are Grand Peaks’ Don Simpson and Nat McCormick, Laura Ivey and Brian O’Shea from The Exchange. Film Invaders’ Eleonore Dailly, Alan Simpson and Chris Ranta are producers.

‘Rising Star’ World Tour’s Latest Stop Is Hungary
Keshet International‘s hot singing competition format Rising Star is headed to yet another country. After deals in such places as the U.S. — where ABC is making its own version for next summer — France, Germany and Scandinavia, Rising Star will next visit Hungary. Local commercial network TV2 has ordered 14 episodes of the show for air in fall 2014. A UK deal on the interactive talent format is also understood to be close to fruition with ITV.

BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Program Ready To Hit The Road
The British Film Institute has launched the first phase of its BFI Neighbourhood Cinema program. The scheme will be funded with up to £2M over the next four years and is aimed at supporting UK communities who are unable to enjoy a cinema experience due to geographic, social, or economic circumstances. The BFI has allocated up to £300,000 to support touring cinema operators who bring films and projection systems into community venues in the UK. This is a great initiative for remote areas that don’t have easy access to movie theaters. (Over in France, the practice is common in the countryside, where even the smallest village in Provence gets a first-run movie once a week in the Town Hall.) The Neighbourhood program is part of the BFI’s five-year Film Forever plan, which aims to increase the size, diversity and geographic spread of audiences viewing specialized and independent British films.

China’s Tesiro To Host Golden Bear Lounge At Berlin Festival
In yet another example of China‘s growing influence on the world film stage, Chinese luxury brand Tesiro has expanded its relationship with the Berlin International Film Festival to now become a principal partner of the event. It had previously been a co-partner whose jewelry has been worn on the red carpet. Tesiro will now be the official host of the Golden Bear Lounge at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where a lot of the action takes place. The Berlinale’s other principal partners are L’Oréal Paris, ZDF and Audi.

Myriad Closes Multiple Deals For ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’
Myriad Pictures has closed a raft of international deals for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. The film, which premiered at Toronto, has sold to Prokino for Germany and Austria, Imagine for Benelux, Ster Kinekor for South Africa, Praesens for Switzerland, Seven Films for Greece, Discovery for former Yugoslavia, HGC for China, and Mono Generation for Thailand. Myriad is also fielding offers for Japan, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Told from two perspectives named, Him and Her, the pic stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy as once happily married couple who suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other. William Hurt, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciarán Hinds, Bill Hader, Nina Arianda, and Jess Weixler co-star. The film is produced by Cassandra Kulukundis, Benson, Chastain, Todd Labarowski and Emanuel Michael and executive produced by Kirk D’Amico, Peter Pastorelli, Brad Coolidge, Melissa Coolidge, Jim Casey and Kim Waltrip.

Breaking Glass Pictures Cuffs ‘Coldwater’ For North America
Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired the North American distribution rights to Coldwater and has partnered with Bounty Entertainment to handle the UK and Australia. The film tells the story of a newcomer at a brutal juvenile prison camp who refuses to readjust and tries to expose what goes on there. Director Vincent Grashaw co-wrote the screenplay with Mark Penney. The film was executive produced by Joe Bilotta of Flying Pig Productions. Rich Wolff of Breaking Glass Pictures and Tony Romeo of Bounty Films negotiated the deal with Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts of Continental Media.

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