Fox plucks pan-regional pic

'Brother' to be released in Nov. in Mexico

Twentieth Century Fox Latin America has snagged the Latin American rights to its first pan-regional pic “La mujer de mi hermano” (The Wife of My Brother).

Fox will release it in November when it will hit 350 screens in Mexico.

Cast includes Uruguayan-Mexican Barbara Mori, Mexicans Bruno Bichir and Angelica Aragon, Colombian Manolo Cardona and Peruvian Christian Meyer.

Shot in Chile, romantic drama is the feature debut of Chilean TV advertising and musicvideos helmer Ricardo de Montreuil.

It was adapted by Peru’s Jaime Bayley from his own eponymously titled novel about a bored woman who has an affair with her husband’s brother.

Venezuelan Stan Jakuvowicz of Shallow Entertainment produced the pic.

Fox has reaped more than $40 million from the local pics it has backed over five years, according to Fox VP, Latin America, Eduardo Echeverria.

It started in Mexico with two of the top three all-time Mexican hits, Antonio Serranos’s “Sex, Shame and Tears” and Alfonso Cuaron’s “Y tu mama tambien.” This year it released Luis Mandoki’s “Innocent Voices.”

In Brazil, it distributed two of Brazil’s five biggest local hits last year, “Lisbela y el prisionero” and “Sex, Love and Betrayal,” the latter a Brazilian remake of Mexico’s “Sex, Shame and Tears.”

Company has also released local pics in Argentina and Chile.

Fox’s release of Chilean film “Sexo con amor” across the Latin Region (excluding Chile) made a respectable $4 million. “We are signing our first Venezuelan film, which will be released in the summer of 2006,” Echeverria said.

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