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Chile pic spices up U.S.

Menemsha bags 'Machuca'

Los Angeles-based Menemsha Films has licensed U.S. rights to Andres Wood’s Chilean foreign-language Oscar hopeful “Machuca” from Spanish sales consortium Latido.

Coming-of-age tale turns on the friendship between two boys from different sides of the political tracks as Chile hurtles toward Augusto Pinochet’s coup in 1973.

Menemsha plans an early-2005 platform release for the pic, starting in New York.

“Machuca” has sold to 26 countries.

Menemsha has been handling Latin American cinema as a world sales company and U.S. distrib. Pics on its slate include Juan Jose Campanella’s “Avelleneda’s Moon,” Pablo Trapero’s “El Bonaerense” and Francisco Lombardi’s Peruvian thriller “What the Eye Doesn’t See.”

It clinched two deals for Germany at the recent Mifed mart in Italy.

Argentinian toon feature “Patoruzito” was sold to Dexx, while Madrid crimeland comedy “Two Tough Guys” went to Anolis.

In other recent Latido deals, company recently licensed three pics — “Your Next Life”; “Hidden,” a thriller directed by Antonio Hernandez; and Ventura Pons’ dark romantic comedy “Idiot Love” — to Multimedia Films for Singapore.

Sergio Cabrera’s “The Art of Losing” and Liberto Tabal’s DV-shot “Sindrome” went to Singapore’s Overseas. Brazil’s Art Film took “Unconscious,” starring Leonor Watling. “Losing” was sold to Mexico’s Chelminsky.

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