Mexican film has drawn 2.6 million admissions

MADRID — Lionsgate has taken all North American rights to Mexican meller “Arrancame la vida” (Tear This Heart Out).

Written and directed by Roberto Sneider (“Frida”), “Heart” made it to the nine-pic shortlist selected this year by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for its foreign-language award. Distribbed in Latin America by 20th Century Fox, it has notched up 2.6 million admissions to date in the region.

Based on a best-selling novel by Angeles Mastretta, “Heart” was produced by Mexican movie powerhouse Altavista Films, in co-production with Mexico’s LaBanda Films and Spain’s Oberon Cinematografica.

Set in 30s and 40s Mexico, the pic charts the marriage of a 15-year-old girl to a general with political ambitions and her love affair with a left-wing orchestra director.

“Heart” is sold internationally by Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks Intl. The U.S. sale was co-negotiated with Liongate by Videocine, the film division of Mexican TV giant Televisa.

In separate FilmSharks deals, Paris Filmes has taken Brazilian rights to Colombian kidnap thriller “La Milagrosa” and Chilean director Rodrigo Ortuzar’s “All Inclusive.”

FilmSharks Intl. has also nabbed international rights to Polish political drama “Popieluszko, Freedom Is Within Us.” Recreating the life and murder in 1984 of Polish priest Jerzy Popieluszko, a courageously outspoken supporter of banned trade union Solidarity, pic has sold 1.3 million tickets in Poland.

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