Film unit acquires U.S. rights to Berlin pic

Adopt Films has acquired U.S. rights to Portuguese director Miguel Gomes’ black-and-white “Tabu.” Pic just won two prizes at Berlin — the Alfred Bauer Prize and the Fipresci nod.

“Tabu” was written by Gomes and Mariana Ricardo and stars Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira, Carloto Cotta, Manuel Mesquita, Isabel Cardoso, and Ivo Muller. It was produced by Luis Urbano and Sandro Aguilar. Story focuses on colonialism via a drama set in modern-day Lisbon and an unnamed former Portuguese colony.

The deal was negotiated by Match Factory’s Brigitte Suarez and Michael Weber and Adopt Films co-managing execs Jeff Lipsky and Tim Grady.

Movie is the fourth that Adopt Films has acquired from the main competition selections at Berlin. The company previously bought Golden Bear winner “Caesar Must Die,” best director winner Christian Petzold’s “Barbara” and Silver Bear winner Ursula Meier’s “Sister.”

Adopt Films plans to release “Tabu” in New York and Los Angeles in late December followed by a general release in the first quarter of 2013.

The first release by Adopt Films, “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye,” opens March 8. Adopt’s upcoming slate also includes Debbie Goodstein’s “Mighty Fine,” Anne Emond’s “Nuit #1″ and Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Cafe de Flore.”

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