Canadians fly the flag at Cannes with film buys and sales, and award-giving

Sarah Gadon and Emily Hampshire on Thursday received the inagural Birks Canadian Diamond trophies during a Telefilm Canada presser on the Croissette.

Canadians are having a busy Cannes Film Festival.

Entertainment One acquired the North American releasing rights to the Norwegian action-adventure film Escape, from sales group TrustNordisk.

And on the sales side, Entertainment One International inked a host of deals, including for Anais Barbeau-Lavalette’s Inch’Allah drama, from Montreal producer micro_scope, and Matt Shakman’s thriller Cut Bank, which stars Armie Hammer.

And Swedish distributor NonStop Entertainment picked up the Scandinavian rights to David Cronenberg’s Cannes Competition title Cosmopolis from Paris-based sales agent Kinology.

Elsewhere on the Croissete, actresses Sarah Gadon and Emily Hampshire on Wednesday received the inaugural Birks Canadian Diamond during Telefilm Canada’s Tribute To Canadian Talent press event.

“It is a great honour to present the first Birks Canadian Diamond to two young and successful Canadian actresses, Sarah Gadon and Emily Hampshire, who have both made their mark on the film industry with exceptional acting performances,” Jean-Christophe Bedos, president and CEO of Birks, said in a statement.

“Sarah and Emily’s talent can now be celebrated not only across Canada but around the planet. They are an asset to the Canadian film industry and help our country shine abroad,” he added.

Photo: (L-R) Director David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis); Emily Hampshire; Telefilm’s Executive Director Carolle Brabant; Sarah Gadon; and Birks’ Jean-Christophe Bedos / Telefilm Canada