Comedies 'Romantics Anonymous,' 'Jo's Son' to travel

MADRID — Spanish indie distributor Emon-Savor has picked up local rights to a duo of Gallic B.O. sleeper hits, comedies “Romantics Anonymous” and “Jo’s Son.”

Jean-Pierre Ameris’ “Anonymous,” about two shy chocolate makers who fall in love, has cumed 7.1 million Euro ($9.7 million) in French theaters nine weeks out from its Dec. 22 release.

StudioCanal is handling French distribution and also selling the pic internationally.

Emon-Savor acquired from Gaumont first-timer Philippe Guillard’s “Jo’s Son,” a kind of “Billy Elliot” set in France’s rugby world.

After six weeks through Feb. 22, “Son” has nabbed $9.9 million at the local B.O., currently playing 296 copies, according to company CBO Box Office.

Both titles, which confirm France’s large audience base for comedy, were negotiated by Emon-Savor at last month’s Unifrance Paris Rendez- Vous With French Cinema.

Showing an increasing interest in the acquisition of Spanish pic rights, Emon-Savor will release April 29 local laffer “Estas ahi?,” a co-production between Arcadia Motion Pictures and LaZona, directed by Spanish comedy helmer Roberto Santiago (“The Longest Penalty in the World,” “Road to Santiago”).

Emon-Savor’s earlier Spanish pickup, Agusti Villaronga’s post-Spanish Civil War drama “Black Bread,” over-performed at the domestic box office, taking to date $2.3 million after sweeping pic, director and actress kudos at the Feb. 13′ Spanish Academy Goya Awards ceremony.

A powerful Barcelona-based DVD distributor, Emon-Savor’s strategy going forward contemplates an entry into film production by 2012, according to chairman Jose Escola.

The company is in advanced talks to acquire Spanish film adaptation rights to Federico Moccia’s Italian B.O. hits “Sorry If I Love You,”

“Amore 14″ and “Sorry But I Want To Marry You,” Escola added.

Emon-Savor has already picked up distribution rights to the original films in the Moccia trilogy.

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