Deal for Venezuelan soccer pic was made at Ventana Sur

Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to the Venezuelan sports and urban crime drama “Hermano” and plans a late spring release.

Pic, Venezuela’s foreign-language Oscar submission, tells the story of two young men raised as brothers in a Caracas slum who must overcome the violent law of the streets to become professional soccer players.

“Hermano,” directed by Marcel Rasquin, premiered at the Moscow Film Festival in June and won the top jury prize and the audience award.

It also took the top Golden Colombus at November’s Huelva fest in Spain. Pic marks the directorial debut of 34-year-old Rasquin who studied film in Oz where he co-wrote “Hermano” with Aussie friend Rohan Jones.

The deal was negotiated during the recent Ventana Sur Latin American film market in Buenos Aires by co-producer Juan Antonio Diaz for A&B Productions and Music Box partners William Schopf and Edward Arentz.

Recent Music Box Films releases include the three “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” pics, and upcoming releases include Francois Ozon’s “Potiche,” starring Catherine Deneuve.

John Hopewell contributed to this article.

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