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Hispanics in the U.S. go to the movies a lot, but reaching them with anything other than Hollywood blockbusters is a challenge for America’s Latino filmmakers.
Pantelion, a joint venture of Lionsgate and Televisa, and the only major Latino distribution outfit that targets the U.S. market, saw the power of the Hispanic audience in 2013, when its Mexican import “Instructions Not Included,” a family dramedy from Eugenio Derbez, made $44 million domestically. And with a 2014 MPAA report citing Hispanics as 23% more likely to purchase movie tickets than are other ethnic groups, relative to their share of the population, Pantelion is looking to double down in the domestic market, even as distribution startups are hoping for a piece of the action.
While Pantelion has not yet had another success on the level of “Instructions” — the elusive U.S. Latino market is drawn to superhero fare, just like the wider audience »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
A Brilliant Young Mind tells the story of a mathematically gifted British teen on the autism spectrum as he prepares to compete in an international math Olympics.
Nathan (Asa Butterfield) is gifted at math but struggles with relationships, including with his caring but overwhelmed mother Julie (Sally Hawkins). Nathan has the more functional form of autism once known as Aspergers but he is also still struggling with the trauma of the accidental death of his father Michael (Martin McCann), who was killed in a car wreck while Nathan was in the car. His mother has done her best to raise him as a single parent but Nathan was never as close to her as his dad and it has been difficult for them both. A chance to enter the International Math Olympiad brings an unconventional math coach into Nathan’s life and introduces him to other mathematically gifted kids.
- Movie Geeks
Featuring two of Mexico’s most successful U.S. Latino market crossovers, “Miracles” is directed by fellow Mexico compatriot Patricia Riggen (“Under the Same Moon,” “The 33”); “Heaven Is for Real” trio of Joe Roth, DeVon Franklin and T.D. Jakes produce.
Written by Randy Brown, adapting Cristy Beam’s same-titled book, the faith-based “Miracles From Heaven” centers on a young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder who is miraculously cured after suffering a terrible accident.
Derbez will play an eminent but simpatico U.S.-based Mexican gastroenterologist-pediatrician, who plays games with his child patients to lighten their experience of hospital treatment, Derbez said in Marbella, Spain, where he will present a prize along with Santiago Segura, “Torrente” franchise writer-director-star, at Saturday’s second Platino Awards. »
- John Hopewell
Remakes of Latin America’s treasure trove of pics continue to heat up as 3pas Studios, run by Mexican helmer-thesp Eugenio Derbez, above, and former Pantelion production chief Ben Odell, has unveiled plans to make a bilingual version of Argentine hit “Un Cuento Chino.” Pic is set up at Pantelion Films, the Lionsgate-Televisa joint venture where 3pas Studios inked a first-look deal.
Sebastian Borensztein’s original comedy starred Ricardo Darin, Argentina’s biggest star, who toplined foreign-language Oscar winner “The Secret in Their Eyes.” “Un Cuento Chino” (Chinese Take-Out) was among the highest-grossing pics of all time in Argentina. Odell, along with Pampa Films’ Pablo Buscarini and Pablo Bossi, Tornasol’s Gerardo Herrero and Telefe’s Axel Kuschevatzky, produced the comedy.
“Un Cuento Chino” tracks a lost Chinese immigrant and a cantankerous Argentine hardware store owner whose lives become entangled by a tragic incident that involves a cow falling from the sky. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks closed the early deal on the $3.5m project and has scored a Greek pre-sale with Seven Films.
Production on Kóblic is set to start in Argentina on July 20 with Darin playing a Navy captain in the late 1970s during the country’s ‘Dirty War’ who refuses to take part in the death flights, whereby drugged dissidents are dropped from planes.
The officer takes refuge in a coastal city and flies crop dusters for a family friend. He eventually falls for a local woman and confronts a thuggish police chief as the dictatorship’s agents close in on his whereabouts.
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