Ritesh Batra’s The Sense of an Ending sells out internationally
~ The film has sold out across the world, closes Multi-Territories pact with Sony and Wild Bunch, Fox International Channels acquire Pan-Asian pay TV rights~
Mumbai, February 25, 2016: The Lunchbox director, Ritesh Batra’s second feature, The Sense of an Ending starring the Academy Award winner, Jim Broadbent has sold its worldwide rights.
FilmNation Entertainment, which holds worldwide rights of the film, completed international sales at Berlin’s European Film Market after screening of a promo of the drama, which struck a strong emotional chord with buyers and bringing about competitive situations.
In major deals, Sony has acquired Latin America and Eastern Europe; Wild Bunch has closed France, Germany, Italy and Spain; Studiocanal took the U.K.; and Fox International Channels has acquired Pan-Asian pay TV rights.
Longride (Japan), Roadshow (Australia), Svensk (Scandinavia), Mediasoft (South Korea), and Lumiere (Benelux)have picked up the drama that also stars Harriet Walter and Emily Mortimer.
Among other territories closed are Greece (Spentzos), Israel (Lev), the Middle East (Italia), Portugal (Lusomundo),Switzerland (Frenetic), Turkey (Aqua), Hong Kong (Edko), India (PVR), Indonesia (Prima Cinema), Singapore (Shaw Renters) and South Africa (Ster Kinekor).
Adapted by award-winning playwright Nick Payne (“Constellations”) from Julian Barnes’ Booker prize-winning novel, “The Sense of an Ending” stars Broadbent as a recluse who is forced to face the devastating legacy of his first love and revise his understanding of his own nature.
Apart from Broadbent, the film stars Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery and Charlotte Rampling, and is co-financed by BBC Films and produced by Origin Pictures.
Ritesh Batra who is currently busy in the postproduction of the film confirms, "It’s been a real pleasure to adapt Julian Barnes's great novel to the screen, I loved working with the writer Nick Payne and with production. These are exciting times as the film has sold all over the World, I do believe that it is a matter of time before we make Indian stories with great Indian actors that will travel more than or as much as English language cinema does."
Batra’s previous film, the critically acclaimed hit The Lunchbox, starring Irrfan Khan, and Nimrat Kaur, was BAFTA nominated and won the Viewers’ Choice Award at the 2014 Cannes Festival.