Latido rolls out sales on partners' and third-party pics
MADRID — Madrid-based consortium Latido Films has initiated international sales on Argentine smash hit “Chinese Take-Away” closing Germany with Ascot Elite Ent., and Italy with Archibald Enterprise Film.Ascot Elite has also licensed Mexican Rafael Lara’s “The 5th Commandment” for Germany; Salzgeber & Co., another German distributor, has bought fest fave “80 Days,” helmed by Spain’s Jon Garano and Jose Mari Goenaga. Deals underscore the building status of Germany, better known for its appetite for mainstream action movies and genre, as an increasingly key market for Spanish-language films. Prices paid for Germany on stronger Latido titles over the last two years are “pretty reasonable,” said Silvia Iturbe, Latido managing director. The international market is also recuperating, boosted by steadily emerging VOD services in many countries, Iturbe added. “In some countries, VOD is now an independent distribution window, as important as DVD,” Iturbe said. The sales also show Latido benefiting from a diverse slate that mixes titles from its partners — Tornasol Films, Continental Producciones and Zebra Producciones — plus third-party pickups from Latin America and Spain, running a wide gamut of, at least for the international market, broadly arthouse productions. Directed by Argentine comedian Sebastian Borensztein, “Take-Away” is produced by Tornasol, its Valencia offshoot Castafiore and Pablo Bossi’s top Argentine shingle Pampa Prods. A heartwarming cross-cultural buddy comedy starring Ricardo Darin, it ran up north of $13 million at Argentine theaters, raising the question of whether it can now break out in Spain. Alta Films bows “Take-Away” Friday on a considerable 120-125 copy-spread for a Latin American film. Framing a Basque septuagenarian lesbian romance, “80 Days” is a third-party Spanish pick-up from top Basque production house Irusoin. A festival favorite, “Days” screened at Karlovy Vary, Montreal, San Sebastian and Chicago, as well as the Turin, Toronto, Nantes and Connecticut LGBT events. Another third-party pick-up, this time from Mexico’s Cyclus Producciones at the Guadalajara fest, serial killer psychological thriller “Commandment” marks a turn toward genre from Lara, who debuted with Colombian conflict drama “La Milagrosa.” Deals come in the run-up to Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings, where Latido will screen “Take-Away,” Joao Juno Pinto’s Berlin market player “America,” an immigration tragicomedy, Elena Trape’s vid-cam teen girl portrait “Blog,” and “Morente,” Emilio Ruiz Barrachina’s docu portrait of late flamenco singer legend Enrique Morente.