Lions Gate puts stamp on ‘Queens’

SPC to distrib Bielinsky pic Stateside

Lions Gate Films Intl. has picked up international distribution rights to the Argentinean box office hit “Nine Queens.” Pic will be released domestically by Sony Pictures Classics.

“Queens,” which marks the directorial debut of Argentinean scribe Fabian Bielinsky, garnered 1.2 million admissions in its native country and has grossed over $800,000 at the Spanish box office since its Sept. 24 release on 40 screens.

Pic, Argentina’s highest grossing native film in more than a decade, premiered in the U.S. at the Telluride Film Festival and was selected for the New York and Toronto Film Festivals.

Produced by Pablo Bossi and starring Ricardo Darin, Gaston Pauls and Leticia Bredice, “Queens” centers on an accomplished con man who takes a rookie criminal under his wing to teach him a few tricks of the trade; unforeseen consequences occur when the criminals stumble into a chance to fence the Nine Queens, a sheet of rare German stamps.

“It is not often that we come across such an astounding film,” Lions Gate Films Intl. co-prexy Nick Meyer said. “I felt the same anticipation when we acquired ‘Amores Perros.’ I have no doubt ‘Nine Queens’ will have a fantastic reception internationally.”

Lions Gate’s lineup also includes “The Rules of Attraction,” “All Over the Guy,” “Cube 2,” “Comic Book Villains,” “Chasing Holden,” “The Wash” and “Dead Heat,” in addition to “Monster’s Ball” and “American Psycho II.”

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