Ortuzar's film to meet growing Latino demand

Lionsgate has taken U.S. rights to Chilean director Rodrigo Ortuzar’s “All Inclusive,” a move to capitalize on rising demand for Latino movies.

The film, a production of Chile’s Jazz Films, Jim McNamara’s U.S.-based Panamax and Mexico’s Cacerola Films, is about a family trapped by a hurricane at a Yucatan all-inclusive resort and forced to face their dysfunctions.

Lionsgate also picked up Canada and Puerto Rico rights in the deal and will handle homevid and TV sales. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Deal follows the sale of Mexico and Chile rights for “All Inclusive” to Universal, with Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks handling international sales.

“It is a film that has a commercial profile,” said Guido Rud, head of FilmSharks.

He said the recent success of Mexican immigrant tale “Under the Same Moon” helped propel the deal. The Spanish-language pic, directed by Patricia Riggen, grossed $12.3 million at the U.S. box office under Fox Searchlight and the Weinstein Co. and $22 million around the world.

“There is a growing appetite for Latino films in the U.S. but you have to have the right stuff,” said Arturo Chavez, Lionsgate’s director of Spanish language programming.

The hot theatrical releases of not only “Under the Same Moon” but also “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Orphanage” and “Bandoleros” “proves that there definitely is an appetite for this kind of film,” he said. “The Latino audience wants to be reflected in their movies.”

“All Inclusive” is the second feature for Ortuzar, whose first film, “Mujeres infieles” (Unfaithful Women), was a hit in Chile and landed distribution in Spain. The new pic stars Jesus Ochoa, Valentina Vargas, Martha Higareda, Leonor Varela, Monica Cruz and Maya Zapata.

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