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Atopia bows distrib unit

Pic won screenplay trophy at the Miami Latin fest

HOLLYWOOD — Canadian shingle Atopia is launching North American theatrical distribution operations. Its first release will be “A Silent Love,” the feature debut of Montreal-based Argentine helmer Federico Hidalgo.

Pic, which screened at the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival, revolves around a love triangle: A middle-aged college teacher from Montreal falls in love with the mother of the young Mexican woman he met through an Internet agency. Pic won the screenplay trophy at the Miami Latin Film Festival in March.

Atopia plans a limited release of the $1.1 million romantic drama in Canada in September and the U.S. on Oct. 15 in up to 10 cities.

“We hope to hit the DVD market in the U.S. before or after Christmas,” said producer-founder Pascal Maeder.

Atopia will produce Hidalgo’s second pic, “Imitation.” Montreal-based story will be about Latino immigrants working in the declining garment industry.

Atopia hopes to bridge the cultures of Canada and Latin America by forging similar productions with other countries in the region.

“We can offer to facilitate the use of post-production houses in Canada in exchange for a producer’s credit, for example,” he said.

Founded in 2000 by Maeder, company will launch a sales arm at the AFM in November.

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