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Cannes Europe-Latin America Buyers Guide: Titles Cross Over

18 May 2015 8:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In international, every territory is its own story and that includes arthouse markets — but patterns emerge. In some parts of Latin America, such as Mexico and Colombia, arthouse audiences may be growing, though from a low base. The key: Dedicated arthouse/alternative circuit construction, and support from major exhib circuits. Many, but not all, European markets suffer diminishing youth attendance and TV sales.

Big hits can be spectacular, including “Beauty and the Beast” for Peru’s Delta and Cine Colombia’s “La Famille Belier.” Individual initiatives are encouraging: ABC Cinemien’s monthly Lgbt night creates an event out of theatrical attendance. One problem for Latin American movies in Europe is that they are frequently not European films. Euro titles, in contrast, far more often tap Euro distribution awards. But Latin American films will always have Paris. The surprise isn’t that Brazil’s Tucuman Films has set up a French distribution op there, »

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