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Buena Vista Intl. has taken all Latin American rights to comedy “No Kids” (Sin Hijos), teaming Patagonik and Spain’s Tornasol Films, producers of the highest-grossing Argentine movies at the country’s theaters in 2008 (“The Boyfriend of My Wife”), 2009 (“The Secret of Their Eyes”), 2010 (“Just Like Me”) and 2012 (“2 + 2”).
The Patagonik-produced “Volley,” which is sold by FilmSharks and helmed by Martin Piroyasky, has been acquired for U.S. distribution by HBO. “Volley” generated more than 100,000 admissions in Argentina.
“No Kids” stars Maribel Verdu (“Y tu mama tambien”) and Diego Peretti (“The German Doctor”); Ariel Winograd (“Cheese Head,” “My First Wedding”) directs. Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl., the sales agent on multiple films by the Disney-backed Patagonik, will bring “No Kids” onto the international market at Cannes.
“No Kids” bows May 14 in Argentina. Peretti plays a man who, four years after divorce, thinks only about looking after his daughter until he meets »
- John Hopewell
Sebastian del Amo’s “Cantinflas,” Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “Gueros” and Ernesto Daranas’ “Behavior” feature in the competition at the 21st Lleida Catalonia Latin American Film Festival, which runs April 10-17.
Lleida, alongside Andalucia’s Huelva film fest, represents the biggest showcase of Latin American pics in Spain. Fest’s official selection comprises ten films in competition.
Argentine cinema, with five titles, dominate the official selection’s list, as Argentine films score frequent distribution runs in Spain. Though the main part screen in a small number of theaters, some of them generate solid box office.
Six of the feature films vying for honors arefrom first-time directors, hinting at a seemingly bottomless Latin American new talent pool.
Standout titles in the official selection from the ever building Latin American film industry includes Oscar Jaenada-starrer “Cantiflas,” Mexico’s Oscar entry, which, distributed by Pantelion, became 2014’s second-highest-grossing foreign-language film in the U.S. »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Madrid – Brit actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen (NBC’s “Dracula,” “World Without End”) will star in “The Healer,” a feel-good drama marking Spanish director Paco Arango’s follow-up to his standout 2011 debut “Maktub” that will be produced by Enrique Posner (“Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” ”Justin and the Knights of Valor”).
Based on what Posner describes as a “highly personal original script,” “The Healer” is in itself a highly singular and inspiring project, yoking Arango’s love of filmmaking and his continuing life battle to help children fight cancer: A large portion of the proceeds from “The Healer” will be destined to help Paul Newman’s camps for seriously ill children (https://www.seriousfunnetwork.org/), where Arango is a board member.
Written by Arango, and set to roll June 6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, “The Healer” is produced by Arango and Posner, using Arango’s Calcon shingle, and by »
- John Hopewell
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