M-Appeal nabs ‘Fase 7’

Berlin shingle gets most worldwide rights to Goldbart pic

Madrid– Berlin’s M-Appeal has taken worldwide rights outside Latin America to “Fase 7” (Phase 7), the ground-breaking directorial debut from Argentinean writer-director Nicolas Goldbart.

An Apocalypse comedy, “Phase 7” stars Berlin Silver Bear winner Daniel Hendler (“Lost Embrace”) as a husband caring for his seven-months-pregnant wife.

This become more of a challenge when a virus epidemic wipes out most of the population of Buenos Aires, though the husband pretends nothing has happened.

Jazmin Stuart, Federico Luppi and Yayo Guridi co-star.

A longtime editor, working on features by Argentinean directors Pablo Trapero, Alejandro Chomski and Rodrigo Moreno, Goldbart won a screenplay award for “Phase 7” when it world preemed at Spain’s Sitges Festival last October.

In a second outing, it played to upbeat reactions at November’s Mar del Plata Festival in Argentina.

Its first commercial release will be in Argentina where Buenos Aires distributor Energia Entusiasta, run by ex Pachamama exec Alejandro de Grazia, will open “Phase 7” March 3.

Argentina has turned out a clutch of niche films, said Goldbart. Thanks to its cast, “Phase 7” will enjoy a far-wider 40-print run.

“Phase 7″ is genre with auteur touches,” when genre production is not very developed in Latin America, said M-Appeal managing director Maren Kroymann.

“The huge majority of Latin-American movies that travel outside the continent are art films,” she added.

Rolling off what Kroymann describes as a “producer-friendly revenue share,” M-Appeal recently acquired sales rights to Marcel Rasquin’s “Hermano” (Brother), like “Phase 7” one of the most attractive titles to hit December’s Ventana Sur Latin American film market without a sales agent attached.

A third Latin American Berlin title, Colombian Gabriel Rojas Vera’s “Karen llora en un bus,” about a separated wife’s tentative new start in life, plays the Berlinale’s Forum.

M-Appeal has also picked up international on Chilean Julio Jorquera’s gay love story “Mi ultimo round” (My Last Round), which turns on the love affair between an-up-and-coming boxer and a male cook.

“Argentina very recently authorized gay marriages, but there are still homophobic currents in Chile, even among young people,” Kroymann said.

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