Move represents further step into U.S. market
MADRID — FilmSharks Intl., one of Latin America’s biggest and most active sales companies, is moving quickly into the U.S. movie business.In its latest move, the Buenos Aires-based shingle has taken on international sales rights to “Untitled,” from San Francisco-based writer-director Jonathan Parker (“Bartleby”). A satire of the contemporary art scene, “Untitled” was recently picked up for U.S. distribution by Samuel Goldwyn Films, which plans an October theatrical release. “Untitled” turns on a New York contemporary art gallerist who falls for a manic budding music composer. It is produced by Parker’s San Francisco-label, The Parker Co. Toplining Adam Goldberg (“Entourage”) and Marley Shelton (“Grindhouse”), pic marks one of the biggest international rights deals to date for Guido Rud’s FilmSharks, which has seen a clutch of its sales slate movies clinch recent U.S. distribution pacts. Among post-Cannes deals, Goldmine Pics took U.S. rights on Rafa Lara’s Colombian kidnap thriller “La Milagrosa,” and Warner Bros. Pictures optioned hit Argentine comedy “A Boyfriend for my Wife” for a U.S. remake. The “Untitled” pickup by a Buenos Aires-based company underscores the growing globalization of the international sales biz. And that, outside the U.S., it’s not only French companies that will now take on U.S. fare, especially if movies have overseas theatrical potential. FilmSharks will also handle international on redemption drama “Letters From Father Jacob,” from Fin Klaus Haro (“The New Man,” “Elina”), which was a standout at January’s Gothenberg Fest.