Aurum nabs ‘Diary’

Latido picks up 'Retorno,' 'Circle'

MADRID — Top indie distributor Aurum Producciones has nabbed theatrical and DVD distribution rights to debutant helmer Jose Manuel Carrasco’s teen comedy “The Diary of Carlota.”

Produced by Gerardo Herrero and Mariela Besuievsky’s Madrid-based Tornasol Films and Valencia’s Castafiore Films, the “Bridget Jones”-style pic narrates the eventful emotional life of Carlota, a 16-year-old schoolgirl who jots down in a diary the chaos of her adolescence.

Movie is based on Gemma Lienas’ bestselling book “El diario rojo de Carlota.”

Aurum will release “Diary” in Spanish theaters July 23.

For Aurum, owned by Canada-based Alliance Films since 2004, the acquisition of “Diary” underscores the company’s recent strong interest in Spanish pics.

Sales consortium Latido Films is selling internationally “Diary” at the Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings, which kicked off Sunday.

In further moves, Latido has taken worldwide rights outside Spain and Argentina to first-timer Miguel Cohan’s thriller “No retorno.”

“No retorno” is produced by Argentina’s Haddock Films and Tornasol Films, driving forces behind Juan Jose Campanella’s Oscar winner “The Secret in Their Eyes.”

Pic toplines Argentine stars Leonardo Sbaraglia (“Night Runner”) and Federico Luppi (“Fermat’s Room”), and Spanish actress Barbara Goenaga (“Agnosia”).

Shooting started May 17 at Alicante’s Ciudad de la Luz.

Latido has also taken international rights beyond Portugal and Brazil to Marco Martins’ drama “How to Draw a Perfect Circle.”

Produced by Lisbon’s Filmes de Fundo and Ukbar Filmes, movie turns on two wealthy but incestuous siblings.

Portuguese helmer Marco Martins broke through in 2005 with festival hit “Alice.”

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