‘Bombon’ sales boom in major territories

Pic rights sold for France, Japan, U.K., Oz

Confirming its status as a breakout title at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, Carlos Sorin’s “Bombon — El Perro” from Argentina has struck licensing deals with distributors in major territories.

TF1 picked up all rights to France immediately after the press and industry screening, sales company Bavaria Film Intl. said.

Pic was sold to Cinequanon for Japan, Pathe for the U.K., A-Film for Benelux, Hopscotch in Australia, Audiovisual in Greece and Lev Cinemas in Israel.

Sorin’s follow-up to “Minimal Stories,” “Bombon” is another small story set against the huge expanses of Patagonia, this time turning on an out-of-work mechanic who is given a dog.

Produced by Argentine Oskar Kramer and Spain’s Jose Maria Morales, “Bombon” screens in competition this week at the San Sebastian Film Festival and is being tipped for one of the main prizes.

Pic will be released in Argentina by 20th Century Fox Argentina, its first local pickup, on Thursday. Company may distribute other pics from Kramer.

“We like Oscar very much and feel that between his creative and production skills and our distribution infrastructure, we can do very good work,” said Tony Safford, Fox’s senior VP of acquisitions.

With the exception of Disney’s Buena Vista Intl., which owns a third of production powerhouse Patagonik Films, no other major distrib has released homegrown pics in Argentina for years. Warner Bros, UIP and Columbia TriStar released a couple of titles each in the late 1990s.

(Jonathan Holland contributed to this report.)

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