‘Season’ kicks off in Mexico this fall

Artecinema will distrib Eimbcke laffer locally

HOLLYWOOD — Fernando Eimbcke’s award-winning “Temporada de patos” (Duck Season) has finally secured Mexican distribution after its debut at the Guadalajara Iberoamerican Film Festival in March.

Local arthouse label Artecinema, run by independent Gussi, has picked up all Mexican rights to the wry comedy and plans an October release on 50 to 60 prints.

Gussi deputy chief Alejandro Lebrija was among the first buyers to see the film and among the strongest bidders at the festival. Gussi recently clinched an output deal with New Line Intl. (Daily Variety, May 3).

“Duck Season” sold to a slew of territories after its screening at Cannes Critics Week in May.

According to international sales company Funny Balloons, the black-and-white film sold to the U.K.’s Optimum Releasing, Switzerland’s Look Now Distribution, Benelux’s Bright Angel and France’s Rezo Films, among others. ABL Augusto acquired rights to Spain and Portugal.

Eimbcke’s directorial debut won seven awards at Guadalajara and took home the $50,000 JVC cash prize given by Guadalajara-based tycoon Jorge Vergara.

Vergara is the producing partner of Alfonso Cuaron in their company Anhelo Prods..

Eimbcke stands to earn an extra $50,000 if he takes up Vergara’s offer to make his next film with Anhelo.

Traction Media in Los Angeles represents the pic in the U.S.

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