Sony Pictures picks up ‘Right On!’

Studio to distribute Brazilian film in Latin America

BERLIN — Sony Pictures has taken Latin American rights to Brazilian Arthur Fontes’ coming-of-ager “Right On!”

Now in post, pic is produced by top Brazilian production house Conspiracao Filmes, which has tied down studio deals for Latin America on four other pics, a mark of Hollywood majors’ commitment to stronger Brazilian titles.

Sony also has closed Latin America on the tragic love story “Once Upon a Time in Rio,” from Breno Silveira, director of blockbuster “Two Sons of Francisco.”

Fox took Latin America on kids/family film “Me and My Umbrella,” currently in development.

BVI has Latin American rights to “Leaving the Office,” which wraps Feb. 15; Warner Bros. has pan-regional on urban comedy “The Invisible Woman,” skedded to shoot October.

“Office” and “Woman” are directed by Claudio Torres, whose “Redeemer” opened Berlin’s Panorama in 2005.

While advancing on Conspiracao’s fullest production slate ever, partner Monteiro de Barros is in talks with select German producers on structuring Germany-Brazil co-productions, including “projects that German companies have which we can attach ourselves to,” he said.

One candidate for co-production could be “Umbrella.”

Aiding pic link-ups, a new Germany-Brazil co-production treaty has been ratified in Germany and will be approved in Brazil in 2007.

“It’s a strong moment for German and Brazilian films,” said Monteiro de Barros.

“New tax legislation should enhance studios’ involvement in Brazilian films allowing broadcasters to co-produce pictures using tax incentives and promote films strongly that will help studio-handled Brazilian films,” he added.

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