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Buenos Aires – In a pre-emptive pounce before 2014’s big first-quarter fests, Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks International has snapped up world sales rights to Daniel Burman’s “The Mystery of Happiness,” one of the most-awaited Argentine releases of early 2014.

In separate deals, Buena Vista has acquired pan-Latin American theatrical and DVD rights to “Happiness.” Premium feevee movie channel Movie City, a flagship service of the Fox Intl. Channels-owned Lap TV, has taken the coveted premium pay TV window for Latin America, plus Svod rights.

Offers are now on the table from the U.S., France and Spain, per FilmSharks founder Guido Rud.

First fruit of a pioneering production alliance with Brazil’s Total Filmes, and also co-produced by Argentine broadcaster Telefe, a stalwart supporter of Argentina’s local movie industry, “Happiness” co-stars Guillermo Francella, the principled, if inveterate, barfly of Juan Jose Campanella’s Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” whose latest release, »

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