Show captures passion for soccer

Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks Intl. has boarded “Football Club,” a TV series directed by Israel Adrian Caetano about the passion of soccer in South America.

Caetano, the helmer of fest faves such as “Bolivia,” “Red Bear” and 2006 kidnap thriller “Cronica de una fuga” (Buenos Aires 1977), will re-edit “Uruguayos campeones” (Champions of Uruguay), a miniseries that aired to strong numbers on Montevideo’s Monte Carlo TV Canal 4 in 2004 and later in Latin America on the LAPTV feevees MovieCity, CineCanal and FilmZone.

Filmed with three simultaneous cameras, “Football Club” tells the stories of a small pro soccer club — about players who dream of playing in Europe, the arrogance of those with a shot at bigger leagues and those that attend tango classes to improve their skills.

Caetano will produce the new version — it will include fresh material — under his La Expresion del Deseo banner with Uruguay’s Detaquito Films and Argentina’s Travesia Prods.

The Sundance Channel reportedly is interested in a first cut of the format.

“There is a strong intention to make a movie based on the TV series,” said Guido Rud, founder and CEO of FilmSharks, Argentina’s biggest indie sales company.

The film will have theatrical release in Latin America through an output deal with MovieMobz, a new cinema-on-demand company based in Brazil. MovieMobz has all Latin American rights to the back catalog and first-run films of FilmSharks.

In other deals, FilmSharks sold all North American rights to New York’s Emerging Pictures for Ed Radtke’s “The Speed of Life,” the special jury prize winner at last year’s Venice Days.

Alliance Lumiere India picked up all rights for “The Speed of Life” for the Indian subcontinent, along with Argentine B.O. hit detective caper “La senal” (The Sign), Conrad Clark’s road pic “Soul Carriage” and Indonesian femme director Nan Achnas’ “The Photograph.”

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