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Two powerhouse shingles from Chile and Argentina have forged a strategic alliance that kicks off with the Chilean remake of Argentine romcom “Un novio para mi mujer” (“A Boyfriend for My Wife”). Demente Contenidos of Chile and Argentina’s Patagonik Film Group have agreed to co-produce a number of films with commercial potential in both territories and beyond.
Patagonik will provide the screenplay as well as part of the financing for production and post-production.
Budgeted at $1 million, the Chilean adaptation of “A Boyfriend for My Wife” will be distributed worldwide by Patagonik; Demente will own the Chilean rights. 20th Century Fox Chile, which released the massive comedy hit “Stefan vs Kramer,” co-helmed and co-produced by Demente CEO Sebastian Freund, is in talks to release the remake in Chile.
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Who knew petty crime could be so much fun? Focus, a tale of charming pickpockets, con-men and confidence tricksters, treats theft as an art form. Our hero, Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith), is essentially an evil Derren Brown. Through a combination of psychological tricks, subconscious programming and old-school grifting, he manipulates his marks so expertly they only notice they’ve been taken for a ride when he’s long gone, if at all.
Focus is a film of two halves, the first taking place in New Orleans over the week of the Super Bowl. With thousands of booze-soaked tourists flocking into town, Nicky spies opportunity. He promptly assembles a professional pickpocket gang that swoops through the streets with clockwork synchronicity. One thief distracts, another removes the mark’s wallet, a third immediately scarpers with the loot. These wallets get funnelled straight to an office complex where they’re stripped of cash, »
- David James
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