FilmSharks sells ‘Jacob,’ ‘Father,’ ‘Net’

'Torrente 4' begins international roll-out

MADRID — FilmSharks Intl. has sold several pics from its diverse slate to foreign buyers.

“Letters to Father Jacob,” which was Finland’s entry for the Academy Awards, went to Korea’s With Cinema; San Sebastian-winner “Father” was nabbed by Eye — Film Institute Netherlands for Benelux; and Karlovy Vary Grand Prix winner “The Mosquito Net” went to France’s Bodega Films and new Polish distributor Imago Films.

With “A Boyfriend for my Wife” and “Untitled,” the latter of which Gutek has just picked up for Poland, “Jacob” rates as Filmsharks’ best 2010 seller, closing 22 territories to date, said FilmSharks Intl. founder Guido Rud.

Territories licensed include the U.S., where Olive Films opened “Jacob” Oct. 8, as well as Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Spain, Canada, Argentina and Scandinavia.

Starring Geraldine Chaplin, Eduard Fernandez and Emma Suarez, who won a Spanish Academy Goya nomination for her performance, “The Mosquito Net” is produced, like “Aita” by Barcelona’s Eddie Saeta.

Selling across a highly eclectic slate of films, FilmSharks’ latest bets range from Santiago Segura’s gross out blockbuster “Torrente 4,” which cumed Euros18.8 million ($27 million) through its fifth weekend in Spain, to “Hella W,” a Finnish World War II heroine portrait, metaphysical comedy and Rotterdam Tiger Winner “Finisterrae,” from Spain’s Sergio Caballero, and Chilean road movie “Desierto sur,” with Marta Etura, on which Lap TV has acquired Latin America pay TV rights in a multi-pic package.

Another Latin American title, “Just Like Me,” produced by Disney-backed Patagonik and a B.O. hit in Argentina, has been picked up in an all rights deal by China’s Binci Media.

Remake rights look set to be optioned by a Hollywood producer, Rud said.

Proving it’s more than a local comedy, “Torrente 4” bows on 40-plus prints in Argentina Thursday, next week in Chile and Uruguay.

Hungary’s Budapest Film and former-Yugoslavia’s Tuck Vision open “Torrente 4” this summer.

Offers are on the table from the rest of Latin America, Germany and the U.S., among other markets, Rud said.

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