MUBI Acquires Further Territories on Ira Sachs’ ‘Passages’


World indie streamer distributor and producer MUBI has acquired all rights in a number of key European territories to “Passages,” the erotic drama by Ira Sachs that bowed with a splash at Sundance and simply had its European premiere on the Berlin Movie Competition.

Following the world premiere of “Passages” at Sundance MUBI final month snapped up all rights for the U.S., U.Ok., Eire and Latin America to the U.S. indie darling director’s first movie shot in France.

Now MUBI has acquired further European territories on “Passages” together with for Germany, Austria, Italy, Turkey and Benelux. The Benelux pickup is in partnership with Belgium’s Think about Movie Distribution.

In step with MUBI’s enterprise mannequin, which is open to integrating theatrical and streaming play, MUBI shall be releasing “Passages” theatrically in these territories, in line with an organization rep.

The “Passages” deal for these territories was sealed between MUBI and SBS Movies Worldwide, the gross sales arm of producer Saïd Ben Saïd’s SBS manufacturing firm, through the Berlin fest, a press release mentioned.

“Passages” is produced by Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt.

Set in up to date Paris, “Passages” sees a German filmmaker named Tomas (Franz Rogowski) impulsively embark on a torrid love affair with a younger college instructor named Agathe (Adèle Exarchopoulos), jeopardizing his relationship together with his husband, Martin (Ben Whishaw) who in flip begins his personal extramarital affair.

Praising the movie, Selection critic Peter Debruge known as “Passages” “A brutally trustworthy portrait of a train-wreck relationship through which an brazenly homosexual director sabotages his marriage — and possibly his life — by falling for a girl.”

Current and upcoming MUBI releases embody Park Chan-wook’s Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated “Determination to Go away”; Charlotte Wells’ BAFTA winner “Aftersun,” and Lukas Dhont’s Oscar-nominated “Shut.”


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