Latin American pair sell widely in Europe
Underscoring the growing international market for key Latin American titles, Berlin-based M-Appeal has inked major territory deals on “Phase 7″ and “My Last Round.”Germany’s Koch Media has acquired Argentine helmer-scribe Nicolas Goldbart’s apocalyptic horror-comedy “Phase 7,” which receives its German premiere Aug. 17 at the multicity Fantasy Film Festival. Greece is in negotiations for “Phase 7″ — a sign that some Greek distributors are still buying, despite the country’s economic crisis, and keying in on non-European titles, said M-Appeal sales manager Anne Wiedlack. Helmer Julio Jorquera’s “My Last Round,” a boxer-chef love story, has sold to Germany (Bildkraft), U.K. (Peccadillo Pics) and Italy (Atlantide Entertainment). A U.S. deal on the Argentina-Chile coproduction, which received several offers after its Tribeca Festival U.S. premiere, is now in the works, Wiedlack said. “We’ve been enhancing our Latin American focus a lot,” Wiedlack said. “That reflects both a personal interest and the fact there’s a market — something that’s been proved in the last months.” M-Appeal has struck a brace of recent U.S. distribution deals. “Phase 7″ launched in 25 U.S. cities this month via a U.S. genre distribution venture announced in March by AMC Theaters, the Collective and horror website BloodyDisgusting.com. Palisades Tartan bought North American rights for helmer-scribe Julia Solomonoff’s “The Last Summer of the Boyita.” Film Movement has taken North American rights to “Karen Cries on the Bus,” from Colombia’s Gabriel Rojas. Of Latin American titles, the sales record for M-Appeal, which launched in 2008, is set by “Boyita”: 20 territory sales including U.K. (Peccadillo Pics.), Germany (GM Films) and Italy (Atlantide).