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Waddington Sets ‘Animal Crashers 2,’ ‘Final Judgement,’ ‘Creole Nation’ (Exclusive)

9 October 2014 4:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — Andrucha Waddington, whose “House of Sands” dazzled festival auds and “Lope” proved a hit in Spain, has set as his next directorial outings two more mainstream films: ”Party Crashers 2,” and “Final Judgement.”

Films come after his 2012 comedy “Party Crashers,” his first big play for wide audiences, grossed an upbeat $12.9 million for Warner Bros. at Brazilian hardtops.

Waddington also aims to adapt Angolan novel “Creole” in “Creole Nation,” a film about the birth of the abolitionist movement in Angola and Brazil. The big-screen makeover would mark Waddington’s most ambitious film to date.

Set up at Rio-based Conspiracao, where Waddington is as a partner, the three projects underscore the rampant diversification of current Brazilian cinema, embodied in one of its most flexible and highest-profile talents.

First up is “Party Crashers 2,” which picks up where the original left off, with Marcos and Beto, the eponymous party crashers, on a »

- John Hopewell

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Picture Tree Acquires Paulo Coelho Biopic ‘The Pilgrim’ (Exclusive)

1 August 2014 2:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Berlin-based international sales and production outfit Picture Tree Intl. has secured the global distribution rights for the Paulo Coelho biopic “The Pilgrim — the Best Story of Paulo Coelho” from Brazilian production house Cuatro Dama Filmes.

Coelho’s 30 novels — including “The Alchemist” and “Adultery” — have been translated into 80 languages, distributed in 224 countries and sold more than 165 million copies.

“The Pilgrim” retraces Coelho’s own story, which was the chief inspiration for his work. He flirted with death, escaped madness, experimented with drugs, overcame torture, made rock-and-roll history in Brazil, and found fame as a writer.

Julio Andrade (“Serra Pelada,” “Gonzaga de Pai Para Filho”) shares the role of the writer with his younger brother, newcomer Ravel Andrade. The cast also features Fabiana Gugli (“Blindness”) and Lucci Ferreira in the role of Coelho’s music partner Raul Seixas. Nancho Novo (“Lovers of the Arctic Circle”) and Paz Vega (“Spanglish,” “Sex and Lucia”) complete the cast. »

- Leo Barraclough

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