Fest films headed to Argentina

Titles include 'Shine a Light,' 'Elegy,' 'Boleyn'

BUENOS AIRES — Distribution Co., Argentina’s top indie distrib, has picked up four pics to screen at Berlin.

Headed by vet Bernardo Zupnik, the outfit has acquired Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones docu “Shine a Light” from Fortissimo and from Focus both Michel Gondry’s comedy “Be Kind Rewind” with Jack Black, as well as Justin Chadwyck’s historical drama “The Other Boleyn Girl.”

From Lakeshore, it has picked up Isabel Coixet’s “Elegy” with Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley and Dennis Hopper.

These join recent buys of “Sex and the City: The Movie” and Kar Wai Wong Cannes-contending “My Blueberry Nights” with Jude Law.

Distribution Co. also is handling “El nido vacio” (The Empty Nest), a comedy directed by Argentine Daniel Burman (“Family Law”) that is about a couple’s crisis after their kids leave home. It is set for an April 24 release.

With admissions falling in Argentina, Distribution Co. is planning aggressive marketing campaigns during its one-film-a-week release calendar this year “to rebuild a public,” said Paula Zupnik, head of acquisitions at the company.

Admissions dropped 2.5% to 34.5 million in 2007 from 35.4 million a year earlier as piracy, rising ticket prices and concerns about the impact of 20% annual inflation on spending power deterred moviegoing. Box office rose 14.5% to $105.8 million last year from $91.3 million in 2006 on higher ticket prices.

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