Distrib gets world rights outside Latin America
Philippe Tasca’s Rendez-Vous Pics. Intl. has acquired world sales rights outside Latin America to Argentinean Marco Berger’s “Absent.”Deal was closed Saturday at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur Latin American film market, just 24 hours before “Absent” unspooled in rough cut to sales agents and foreign distributors in Ventana Sur’s key-draw Primer Corte showcase. Berger’s second feature, Spanish-language “Absent” turns on a teacher-student relationship. Produced by Buenos Aires’ Oh My Gomez! Films, “Absent” won the first prize at the Rio Negro Festival’s Proyecta 2010 Work in Progress. It also received a Jury Special Mention this October at the Valdivia Festival’s Work in Progress session, one of Latin America’s key meets for pics in post-production seeking completion finance. “Absent” renews the relationship between Berger and Rendez-Vous which handled international sales on Berger’s debut, “Plan B.” Among major territories, “Plan B” sold to Isabelle Dubar’s Happiness Distribution for France, who also bought the remake rights, as well as the U.K. (Network Distrubution), Germany (Pro-Fun Media), Wolfe for the U.S., and Homescreen for Holland. Australia and Italy have also been licensed, with Spain soon to close, Tasca said. In other deals, Germany’s The Match Factory has taken world sales rights to “En el nombre de la hija,” from Ecuador’s Tania Hermida. A humor-laced family drama, “Hija” tells the story of a nine-year-old girl fought over, down to her name, by her socialist father and Catholic grandmother. Hermida’s debut, “Que tan lejos,” was a B.O. hit in Ecuador and won a Silver Zenith award at the 2006 Montreal World Film Festival for first fiction feature. “Hija” will be ready for delivery next May.