‘The Queen’ heads for Argentina

Latin American Fund buys Frears film

BERLIN — The Weinstein Co. and Costantini Films’ Latin American Fund has closed a distribution deal for Argentina on Stephen Frears’ Oscar-nommed “The Queen.”

Distribution Co. will handle bookings and collections on “The Queen” in Argentina, fronting prints and advertising and teaming with the Fund on marketing.

The Fund, unveiled at Cannes last May by TWC and Argentine entrepreneur Eduardo Costantini Jr., took Latin American rights to “The Queen” at the Venice Film Festival.

The Fund also has sold “The Queen” to Brazil’s Europa Films. It will close a Mexico deal shortly, per Costantini Jr. Pic will be released Feb. 22.

The Fund’s core biz is the production and acquisition of Latin American films for distribution outside the region, with TWC bringing its expertise in U.S. distribution to the table.

However, the Fund recently entered all-rights distribution for Latin America, kicking off with “The Queen.”

” ‘The Queen’ was a good business opportunity. It looks almost certain to pay off financially,” said Costantini, predicting 400,000 spectators for Argentina.

Buenos Aires-based Costantini Films, this time sans TWC, has also acquired all rights for Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay to “Destricted,” a seven-part sexuality-themed feature that played Cannes’ Critics Week.

“Destricted” will screen at the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires, which houses the Costantinii art collection.

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