‘La senal’ acquired by FilmSharks

Agent buys global sales rights to cop caper

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s biggest indie sales agent, Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl., has picked up worldwide sales rights outside Latin America for Argentine detective caper “La senal,” a box-office hit that marked the directorial debut of “Nueve reinas” (Nine Queens) thesp Ricardo Darin.

Buena Vista Intl., which handled the Argentina release, has sales rights for Latin America.

The tale, which co-stars Darin, pulled in nearly 500,000 admissions during its September-October run this year, making it one of the most-seen local pics in Argentina.

Deal is the first for FilmSharks with Pampa Films, a Buenos Aires production outfit owned by Pablo Bossi, Spain’s Filmax Entertainment and Argentine helmer-producer Juan Pablo Buscarini, which made its debut with “La senal.”

FilmSharks and Pampa appear to be considering a closer tie-up, with Rud’s company handling sales for Pampa’s future releases.

In Pampa’s pipeline are “Azucena, 375 dias,” a murder tale starring Mexican Adriana Barraza (“Babel”) as well as the comedy “Golpe de Suerte” and a sequel to the animated pic “El raton perez” (The Hairy Tooth Fairy), plus the fantasy thriller “Lazarus.”

In other deals, Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks has licensed Greek Costas Kapakas’ coming-of-ager “Uranya” to Mark Holdom in association with PassWorld for release in Italy and to FilmHouse for Mexico.

It also has licensed Israeli revenge drama “Foul Gesture” for Spain and Portugal to Barton Films.

Italian distributor Bocasper Entertainment has picked up Italian rights for Chilean youth drug drama “Mala leche” (Bad Blood).

FilmSharks will take at least seven films for market premieres at the Berlin Film Festival in February. They are: “Foul Gesture,” “La senal,” “Regresados,” “Cuando ella salto” (When She Jumped), “Soul Carriage,” “The Photograph” and “Dimples.”

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