'Fados' sold to U.S. and China

Indie distrib New Yorker Films has taken North American rights to helmer Carlos Saura’s “Fados,” while HGC has the pic for China.

Massimo Saidel, a partner and sales director at Spanish sales consortium Latido Films, announced the deal Thursday from Hong Kong’s Filmart, after it screened at the Hong Kong Film Festival as the fest’s only Spanish pic.

The North American buy continues a strong sales rollout for Saura’s fado musical, featuring many performers of Portugal’s national music genre.

“Fados” has been licensed to 30 territories and will soon open in France, Japan and Brazil, Saidel said.

Latido has added more territories for Arnold Schwarzenegger biodoc “Running With Arnold” with deals closed for Japan (Shochiku), Canada (Mongrel) and India (UTV), while ABC-Cinemien has purchased rights to trainee chef doc “The Chicken, the Fish and the King Crab,” a recent Berlinale Special.

In further Latido deals, Franco de Pena’s prostitution drama “Your Name Is Justine” was licensed to Subraya for Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam and to distrib Mercamedia for Mexico. Accords follow a deal, announced earlier this year, with Aya Pro for Japan.

Toon satire “Animal Crisis” has been taken by Mercamedia (for Mexico), Illusion Studios for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay and HGC (for China). HGC has also picked up claymation edutainment TV series “Por que?,” deep-ocean toon pic “De Profundis” and feature comedy “The Last Penalty.”

In two India deals, Moser Baer took “Por que?” while Indian film and TV group UTV signed a 24-film package, Saidel reported.

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