Paraguay’s ‘7 Boxes’ sells to France

Synergy Cinema buys chase caper pic, other territories circling

France’s Synergy Cinema has closed all French rights to Juan Carlos Meneglia and Tana Schembori’s “7 Boxes,” making the singular chase caper movie one of Paraguay’s first movies to break out to significant major territory sales.

Brit distrib Arrow Films acquired U.K. rights at Toronto where “7 Boxes” received its international premiere.

Distributors are circling in many other territories with a few more deals about ready to close, said Sam Eigen, exec V.P. at Shoreline Entertainment, which is handling international sales.

Set in the exotic world of Asuncion’s central market, “Boxes” stars Celso Franco as a wheelbarrow boy transporting crates of unknown goods — and soon finds he has the cops and other wheelbarrow gangs on his tail.

Bowing August 10 in Paraguay, “7 Boxes” broke local B.O. records. Screening in September at San Sebastian, it won the Euskatel Youth Award for fest’s New Directors section.

“The film is simply fun to watch and, if that is not enough, there are many layers such as the fantastic breakout performances and the absolutely unique setting,” Eigen said.

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