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CMG follows ‘Manual’ to find world

Brazilian laffer is the 3rd pickup by fledgling company

Los Angeles-based sales company Cinema Management Group has picked up worldwide distribution rights to Jose Roberto Torero’s “Como fazer um filme de amor” (Manual for Love Stories), which had its world premiere at the recent Montreal World Film Festival.

Latin American pickup is the third in as many months for the fledgling sales company run by former Miramax exec Edward Noeltner.

Brazilian laffer is a crowdpleasing trip through the myriad thematic constructions of romantic comedies, with a nod to famous scenes from classics. Pic opens Oct. 29 in Brazil through producer Lumiere, the longtime distrib of Miramax in Brazil.

“Love Stories” was produced by Zita Carvalhosa and stars Denise Fraga, Cassio Gabus Mendes and Mariza Orth, with a running voiceover narration by Paulo Jose, one of Brazil’s hottest names.

In July, CMG acquired Elia Schneider’s award-winning Venezuelan hit “Step Forward,” Venezuela’s official entry for the foreign-language Oscar. In August CMG acquired international rights to Gonzalo Justiniano’s award-winning Chilean feature “B-Happy.”

“For a first-time director, Jose Roberto Torero shows considerable talent and craftsmanship as well as a thorough understanding of the genre,” Noeltner said.

CMG sold its first pickup, 3-D animated feature “Hoodwinked: The True Story of Red Riding Hood,” to more than 30 territories. All four pics will be screening at the American Film Market in Santa Monica Nov. 3-10.

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