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Vereda rides with ‘Rio,’ ‘Johnny’

Company boards 'Last Stop 174'

Vereda Filmes, Brazil’s biggest sales company, has inked to handle overseas rights on helmer Breno Silveira’s “Once Upon a Time in Rio” and helmer Mauro Lima’s “My Name Ain’t Johnny.”

As a producer, it has also invested in helmer Bruno Barreto’s Toronto player “Last Stop 174.”

All three films are tough takes on contempo Brazil.

“Both ‘Rio’ and ‘Stop’ analyze the impact of violence on Brazilian society, which is tremendously fractured,” said Vereda chief exec Katia Machado.

Silveira’s follow-up to domestic hit “Two Sons of Francisco,” which grossed $15.7 million in 2005, “Rio” is produced by Brazilian shingle Conspiracao Filmes, where Silveira is a partner, and Globo Filmes.

“Rio” chronicles the relationship between a favela-born boy and an uptown Ipanema girl.

“Johnny,” produced by Mariza Leao, is the true tale of the rise and fall of a Rio cocaine lord. Pic is the highest-grossing Brazilian movie this year, selling 2 million-plus tickets in 18 weeks.

A finance and sales company that launched at Berlin last year, Vereda has drawn coin from its film investment vehicle RB Cinema 1 to take production equity in “Last Stop 174,” about the real-life hijacking of a bus in Rio de Janeiro.

Patrick Siaretta, Roberto D’Avila and Barreto produced for Brazil’s Moonshot Pictures.

Myriad is handling international sales on “Last Stop,” which world preems as a Special Presentation in Toronto.

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