It takes international rights to Jimenez's dramedy

MADRID — Rezo, the Paris-based sales, production and distribution company, has taken international rights to Chilean Cristian Jimenez’s “Bonsai,” one of the most prominent Latin American films in this year’s Cannes lineup.

World preeming in Un Certain Regard, “Bonsai” is a gag-packed dramedy about two literature students’ love affair, related in flashback eight years later by the man who turns it into a book, which he pretends has been written by an established novelist.

Jimenez called “Bonsai” “a homage to lies, fiction and artifice.”

Rezo’s deal excludes its production territories — Chile, Argentina, France and Portugal.

With “Bonsai’s” pick-up, all four Latin American films in Official Selection now have sales agent deals.

Jimenez’s sophomore outing comes to Cannes with the cachet of its producers, which include Bruno Bettati’s Jirafa Films in Chile, which put up 60% of finance, and Hernan Musaluppi’s Rizoma Films for Argentina.

“Bonsai” won top honors at March’s Toulouse Films in Progress and was developed at the Cannes Festival’s Cinefondation Residence last year.

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