Company expects to close further sales soon

FilmSharks Intl., a leading sales outfit in Latin America, has sold all French-speaking territory rights for Mexican drama “Desierto Adentro” (The Desert Within) to Paris-based Films Sans Frontieres.

Directed by Rodrigo Pla, “Desert” is about a man who seeks redemption by building a church.

Frontieres is planning a theatrical release for early next year.

It is the latest in a spate of sales by the Buenos Aires shingle for “Desert” and other offerings.

“The market is beginning to rev up again,” particularly in Europe and Japan and from a new crop of U.S. distributors, FilmSharks topper Guido Rud told Variety. “Prices are still low but if you have a good film with potential to do well in various territories then you can maintain deals.”

Rud will participate in the Friday-Sunday Latin American film mart Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires, where he expects to close deals for Finland’s Oscar contender “Letters to Father Jacob” by Klaus Haro to the U.S. and Germany, and Jonathan Parker’s art gallerist satire “Untitled” to Australia, Canada, France and the U.K.

In another deal, Argentina’s Impacto Cine took theatrical and video rights for Haro’s “Letters,” the tale of a released convict and a blind priest, for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

The shingle also sold Sweden rights for Johan Jonason’s psycho-thriller “Guidance” to Folkets Bio, with a theatrical release planned this December. LAPTV, the programmer of Cinecanal and MovieCity in Latin America, has taken four titles from FilmSharks for its pay TV and VOD network for 2010 and 2011. They are Chilean animated space tale “Papelucho and the Martian,” Mexican box-office hit “All Inclusive,” Colombian kidnap drama “La milagrosa” and the coming-of-age Greek comedy “Uranya” by Costas Kapakas.

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