Pyramide scoops Avila’s ‘Infancia’

Ubermulhin joins Indefilms, Garzon promoted to sales head

MADRID — One of the biggest standouts at December’s Ventana Sur, Benjamin Avila’s first fiction feature “Infancia clandestina” has closed French and international distribution rights with Pyramide.

In pre-sales with other top-notch arthouse players, Wanda Films has acquired “Infancia” for Spain, Imovision for Brazil.

A prize-winner at San Sebastian’s Films in Progress, “Infancia” was showcased privately — much tightened but still in rough-cut — at December’s Ventana Sur.

Lead-produced by Luis Puenzo’s Historias Cinematograficas, it delivers an original take on Argentina’s 1976-1983 Dirty War, portraying the warm family life of two resistance fighters, as seen by their 12-year-old son.

“Infancia’s” knowing details and humor draw on Avila’s personal memories.

Pyramide was always a frontrunner to tie down “Infancia.” It moved swiftly at 2009’s Ventana Sur to buy “Leap Year,” which subsequently won Cannes’ Camera d’Or and sold 25 territories.

At Berlin, Pyramide will also sell Frederic Videau’s Competition contender “Coming Home,” a drama about a released kidnap victim.

In another highlight, Pyramide has taken international on 19th-century father-son drama “Gebo and the Shadow,” from 103-year-old Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira. Michael Lonsdale, Claudia Cardinale, Ricardo Trepa and Jeanne Moreau star.

“Clandestina’s” double deal with Pyramide comes as, after eight years at Pyramide Intl., sales head Yoann Ubermulhin has announced that he will step down after Berlin to join French Sofica film tax vehicle Indefilms.

Mexican-born Lucero Garzon, a Pyramide Intl. sales exec since 2009, overseeing, among territories, Benelux, Switzerland, Spain and Latin America, is promoted to head of sales.

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