Urban Distribution sells ‘Swirl’

After Venice, Brazilian pic heads to Toronto, San Sebastian

Paris-based Urban Distribution Intl. has acquired world sale rights to Brazilian “Girimunho” (Swirl), which is making the rounds of fall fests.

“Swirl” world preems Monday in Venice’s cutting-edge Horizons section, then segues to Toronto and San Sebastian.

The latest product of Brazil’s regional production push, “Swirl” is directed by Helvecio Marins Jr. and Clarissa Campolina, two leading lights of film collective Teia, based out of Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais.

Written by Felipe Braganca and set in a small town on Brazil’s arid highlands, it records the attempts of an elderly faith healer to get over her husband’s death, aided by her drummer friend.

“Swirl” is also an attempt to portray the beliefs, myths and habits of rural Brazil before it is swept aside by the passing of a generation.

Backed by the Hubert Bals, World Cinema and Ibermedia funds, “Swirl” is produced by Teia and Sara Silveira’s Dezenove Som e Imagem in Brazil, Luis Minarro’s Barcelona-based Eddie Saeta and Munich’s Autentika Films, run by Gudula Meinzolt and Paulo de Carvalho.

UDI’s “Swirl” pick-up continues its three-year, first-look sales and co-production alliance with Dezenove, inked in 2009.

Of Dezenove titles, UDI (formerly, UMedia) took sales rights to Cannes 2011 Un Certain Regard player “Hard Labor,” helmed by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra Felipe Hirsch, plus Daniela Thomas’ “Sunstroke,” which also played Horizons, and Esmir Filho’s “The Famous and the Dead,” which it co-produced.

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