Brazilian sales company Elo Co. has expanded its U.S. distribution alliance with L.A. based indie production-distribution house Cinema Libre Studio, while striking a similar pact with Israel’s Cinephil.
Aim of the deal is for Cinema Libre to open most films in U.S. theaters.
The Cinephil alliance sees a similar mutual distribution arrangement.
At Cannes, Elo is screening “Grassroots,” shot in 2005 by Brazil’s Andre Ferrezini, a doc special about Cambodian youth, trying to get over the country’s Khmer Rouge past; and Isa Albuquerque’s “Black Oil,” focusing on the discovery of oil in Brazil’s north.
Elo Co. has restructured in three business units: Audiovisual, for film/TV content distribution; digital division Elo Channels, which groups film feed Elo Cinema Latino, and will before July focus on classical Brazilian films, from Vera Cruz studios; two music services, and a fashion feed featuring Brazilian top models.
“Our goal is to create space for independents, starting with Brazilian content, but then bringing foreign cinema which cannot open in cinemas,” she added.