GFI to hone ‘Craft’ in N. America

FiGa adds 'Thursday,' 'Look' to slate

BUENOS AIRES — Non-profit org Global Film Initiative has taken North American rights from FiGa Films to Brazilian helmer Gustavo Pizzi’s “Riscado” (Craft).

The deal has gone down as FiGa adds two titles to its sales slate — Chilean Domingo Sotomayor’s “From Thursday to Sunday” and “Look at Me Again,” from Brazil’s Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goifman. It will be introducing both to buyers at Ventana Sur, which kicks off Friday.

A fictionalized recreation of thesp Karine Teles’ attempts to break into the acting biz, “Craft” will form part of GFI’s Global Lens festival package, rolling out all over North America, starting at New York’s MoMA January 2012, said Sandro Fiorin, founder of FiGa, a Los Angeles-based sales, distribution and production company.

In other sales deals, FiGa has closed with European Distributor and Exhibitor Network (EDEN), a new consortium of Euro distrib ops created by Film Without Frontiers and backed by Media Mundus, on Julio Hernandez Cordon’s wry Guatemalan music scene dramedy “Marimbas From Hell,” a Morelia 2010 best fiction pic winner.

“Marimbas” will see a six-territory bow in U.K., Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Croatia. Lithuania’s Kino Pasaka will lead the pack, opening “Marimbas” in December.

France’s A3 Distribution has acquired all rights to Federico Veiroj’s spirited b/w dramedy “A Useful Life,” a homage to film buffs.

“Life” will be released during next March’s Toulouse Film Fest, coinciding with a tour by Veiroj and lead Jorge Jellenik.

Sotomayor’s debut, “Sunday,” about two children’s take on their parent’s imminent break-up, set during a family holiday to Chile’s north, was developed at Cannes’ Cinefondation Residence.

A standout at October Rio Fest, where it won the documentary audience award, “Look” turns on female-to-male transsexual Sylvio Luccio.

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