‘Machuca’ goes to CNC

Pic shows tension among Chilean social classes

Spain’s Latido has sold Benelux rights on Andres Wood’s Directors Fortnight closer “Machuca” to Claude Diouri’s veteran distributor-exhibitor CNC.

Set in Chile under socialist Salvador Allende, film charts the growing friendship between Francisco, an 11-year-old boy, and a fellow student, Machuca, who comes from a nearby shantytown.

Events in the school echo those in Chile at large as tension grows between the fee-payers, such as Francisco, and working-class kids such as Machuca.

“Machuca” is produced by Wood’s own Wood Prods., Mamoun Hassan, Paraiso, Chile Films and Gerardo Herrero’s Tornasol, which is one of the three partners — with Pancho Casal’s Continental and Antonio Saura’s Zebra — in overseas sales consortium Latido.

Launched officially at February’s Berlin Film Festival, Latido’s Cannes sales slate includes Manuel Gutierrez Aragon’s rural murder drama “Your Next Life,” which played in competition at Berlin; Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde’s socially conscious “Sleeping Fortune”; Madrid gangland comedy “Two Tough Guys”; Eduardo Mignona’s romantic comedy “Cleopatra,” starring Norma Aleandro; “The Art of Losing” from Colombian Sergio Cabrera; Gerardo Herrero’s contempo relationship drama “The Archimedes Principle”; and Joaquin Oristrell’s ironic period mystery drama “Unconscious,” starring Leonor Watling (“Talk to Her”).

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