Pineyro film stars Leonardo Sbaraglia

“Thursday’s Widows,” one of the major movie productions coming out of Latin America this year, has seen its first big pre-sale, being acquired for Latin America by Hugo Kusnet’s Alfa Films.

Alfa will roll the film out across the region using its alliance of national distributors.

Announced on the eve of Madrid’s Spanish Film Screenings by Massimo Saidel, general manager of Spanish sales consortium Latido Fims, the deal sees the latest film by one of Argentina’s best-selling cross-over auteurs, Marcelo Pineyro (“The Gronholm Method”) being taken off the table for its home region.

From a screenplay by Pineyro and regular co-scribe Marcelo Figueras, and adapting Claudia Pineiro’s prized novel, “Widows” is a pitch black thriller-comedy about a well-to-do gated community in Argentina reacting to the country’s early decade banking meltdown. Leonardo Sbaraglia leads an Argentine and Spanish big-name cast, including Juan Diego Botto, Pablo Echarri and Ernesto Alterio.

Produced by Mariela Besuievski, Gerardo Herrero and Vanessa Ragone, pic is currently lensing. Pineyro is in Madrid preparing footage for Spanish Film Screenings, Spain’s biggest dedicated Spanish pic market, which runs Sunday through Tuesday.

The Screenings also see the world preem of Gerardo Herrero’s latest film as a director, the Latido-sold psychological suspenser “The Night Runner.”

Latido will also be selling Salvador Garcia Ruiz’s young love triangle “Paper Castles,” which was recently licensed to much of Asia including Japan’s Only Hearts and Korea’s Activers Ent.

With Latido licensing Jose Luis Lopez Linares’ “Bejart” to Cetera and Linares’ “The Chicken, the Fish and the King Crab” also selling to new Japanese outfit Media Factory, Latido has sold six pics in the last year to Japan, reckoned one of the world’s toughest markets.

Since Cannes, Latido has sold “Lies and Fat Girls” to Germany’s Pro-Fun and Bulgaria’s Van/Kris and “El cuerno de la abundancia” to Colombia’s Cineplex.

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