FilmSharks grabs ‘Widows’

BVI to release Carnevale drama in Latin America

MADRID — Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks Intl. has nabbed international sales rights outside Latin America to Argentine helmer Marcos Carnevale’s “Widows.”

BVI will release “Widows” throughout Latin America, putting it out in Argentina on a 65 print-run — high for a local film.

An acting mano a mano between two preeminent Argentine actresses — Graciela Borges (“The Swamp”) and Valeria Bertuccelli (“A Boyfriend For My Wife”) — “Widows” traces the growing friendship between a man’s widow and his mistress, who is carrying his child.

Widows” is co-produced by the Disney-backed Patagonik and Fernando Sokolowicz’s Aleph Media.

FilmSharks Intl. founder Guido Rud told Variety he will launch “Widows” at this fall’s Rome fest and AFM market.

One of Argentina’s busiest shingles, Aleph was behind Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat’s 2010 Sundance hit “The Man Next Door,” which has grossed $550,000 in Argentina and a creditable Euros 326,037 ($456,452) after four weekends in Spain.

Carnevale broke through with 2005’s whimsical senior romance comedy “Fred and Elsa,” an international sales sleeper.

Sold by Spain’s Sogepaq, the film closed more than 30 territories, including France, Italy, Germany and Latin America. It built healthy B.O. traction in Germany and Mexico.

Carnevale, who doubles up as content direct at Argentine TV production house Pol-ka, also directed “Anita,” a Menemsha pickup for the U.S.

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