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Chileans plot ‘Sexo’ follow-up

Chilecita prepping laffers 'King,' 'Puede'

Chilecita, producer of Chilean smash hit “Sexo con amor” (Sex With Love), is ploughing into multi-pic slate production, readying two productions for 2005.

Chilecita, which is owned by screenwriter-director Boris Quercia and producer Diego Izquierdo, is prepping Quercia’s follow-up, a loser’s laffer “El rey de los huevones” (The King of Fools), as well as “Chile puede,” another comedy, about Chile’s first astronaut. “Chile puede,” which was scripted by Quercia, will be directed by Ricardo Larrain, who won a Silver Bear at Berlin for “The Fronteir” in 1991. “Fools” will shoot in July and is co-produced with Spain’s Aldea Films.

Erotic comedy “Sexo con amor,” Quercia’s feature debut, took 1 million admissions in Chile, a record for a Chilean film.

International rights have been acquired by Madrid-based indie sales company Kevin Williams Associates, which is screening the film at Cannes.

Handled by 20th Century Fox in a rare regional pickup for a Latin America title, “Sex” made a further 640,000 admissions in Latin America outside Chile, said Chilecita producer Diego Izquierdo.

“Sexo” has been hailed as the film that kick-started a Chilean film industry.

It certainly signals a more market-driven approach from some Chilean outfits.

“We want to make character-driven, tightly scripted comedies about Chile’s middle classes, films with an international reach,” said Izquierdo.

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