Sales company also handles 'American Venus'
BUENOS AIRES — FilmSharks Intl., a leading sales company in Latin America, is continuing its expansion into the Canadian and U.S. movie businesses with “American Venus” and “Untitled.”The Buenos Aires-based shingle has sold Middle East rights for “Untitled,” a satire on a New York contemporary art dealer directed by Jonathan Parker (“Bartleby”), to Dubai-based Front Row Filmed Entertainment. The sale is the first since FilmSharks took on international sales rights to “Untitled” in July. The Front Row deal comes after the Oct. 23 Stateside theatrical release of “Untitled” by Samuel Goldwyn Films, and ahead of the film’s Nov. 9 international premiere at the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival in Germany. Guido Rud’s FilmSharks is promoting its experience in global markets as a lever for picking up Canadian and U.S. titles, expanding on a catalog strong on international fare. “We are looking for productions that can travel widely, thanks to strong actors, directors and stories that can make a connection with the audience,” Rud said. FilmSharks picked up international sales rights for “American Venus,” the tale of a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship directed by Bruce Sweeney (“Last Wedding”). It negotiated the deal with Canada’s Brightlight Pictures, producer of Al Pacino starrer “88 Minutes” and “Fifty Dead Men Walking,” with Ben Kingsley in the lead. IFC Films is handling U.S. and North American distribution for “American Venus.” FilmSharks also made a series of Asian sales of Finland’s Oscar contender “Letters to Father Jakkob,” the tale of a convict and a blind priest directed by Kalus Haro. Epcott Co. unit Alcine Terran picked up rights for Japan and Khan Entertainment for Taiwan, while SBS took Australian rights. Among other deals, the Argentine shingle sold all Spanish rights on Mexican B.O. hit “All Inclusive,” directed by Chile’s Rodrigo Ortuzar’s, to Impacto Group, with a release set for early next year. Lionsgate has U.S. rights to the film about a family trapped by a hurricane at a Yucatan all-inclusive resort and forced to face their dysfunctions. FilmSharks also sold Dutch theatrical rights to Smart Cinema for Mexican Rodrigo Pla’s “Desierto adentro” (The Desert Within) with plans for a December release. NFA took rights to the pic for the Czech Republic.