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Miramax picks up ‘Valentin’

Film looks at the world through the eyes of a 6-year-old boy

Miramax Films has acquired North American and Latin American rights to “Valentin,” written and directed by Alejandro Agresti.

Matt Brodlie, senior veep of acquisitions, brought the project to Miramax.

“Valentin” was produced by Laurens Geels (“Character”). Set in 1960s Argentina, film looks at the world through the eyes of a 6-year-old boy, who dreams of a happy family life and a reunion with his long-departed mother.

“We are really pleased to be involved with this beautiful and touching project, which continues the Miramax tradition of classic films like ‘Kolya’ and ‘Cinema Paradiso,’ ” Brodlie said.

Added Agresti, “I am delighted that a great distributor like Miramax appreciates my film and shows the sensitivity to pick up ‘Valentin,’ which is so close to me and made with all of my heart.”

Geels said, “It’s an honor to work with Miramax again. Harvey (Weinstein) and his staff have shown over and over again to have a great understanding for the presentation of a little jewel like ‘Valentin.’ ”

Stuart Ford, senior veep of acquisitions and international operations, and Brodlie negotiated on behalf of Miramax. Kathy Morgan, of Los Angeles-based sales company Kathy Morgan Intl., negotiated on behalf of First Floor Features.

At the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, Miramax has acquired “Jet Lag,” directed by Daniele Thompson and starring Juliette Binoche, Jean Reno and Sergi Lopez, and “Magdalene Sisters,” directed by Peter Mullan.

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