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Reygadas bows edgy sales company NDM

Recent pickups include 'Le Havre,' 'Certified Copy,' 'Turin Horse'

Carlos Reygadas, the leading light of a new generation of Mexican helmers, has teamed with producer partner Jaime Romandia to launch international sales company: NDM (short for Nodream-Mantarraya).

First pic on NDM’s slate is Reygadas’ upcoming “Post Tenebras Lux,” which has completed principal photography and is in advanced post, Romandia said.

“Lux” was described by Reygadas as a semi-autobiographical film about “feelings, memories, dreams, things I’ve hoped for, fears, facts of my current life.”

While NDM is handling worldwide sales, the select set of prestige upscale partners now in place for “Lux” underscores the expectations “Lux” is creating.

Out of Mexico, Romandia’s Mantarraya produces with Reygadas’ label, Nodream Cinema.

Jean Labadie’s Paris-based Le Pacte is co-producing. Le Pacte has also acquired distribution rights for France, Switzerland and Spain. Le Pacte will release “Lux” directly in France.

Although better known as a sales agent, Germany’s Match Factory is another co-producer.

“Lux” tapped further finance from Arte France, Mexico’s Foprocine subsidy fund, France’s Fonds Sud Cinema, Germany’s North Rhine Westphalia Film Fund and Holland’s Topaki Films.

As NDM’s strategic partner in Europe, Le Pacte could acquire rights for France, Spain and Switzerland on other NDM sales titles, Romandia said.

NDM’s launch is a logical next step for Reygadas and Romandia, the latter said, after the success of ND Mantarraya, their joint distribution company in Mexico.

Betting on edgy titles, ND Mantarraya’s recent pickups include Aki Kaurismaki’s “Le Havre,” Abbas Kiarostami’s “Certified Copy,” Bela Tarr’s “Turin Horse” and Bruno Dumont’s “Hors Satan.”

Le Pacte is also teaming with Mantarraya and Mexico’s Tres Tunas to co-produce and handle French distribution on “De Heli,” from Cannes favorite Amat Escalante (“Sangre,” “The Bastards”). It goes into production late February.

Many Mexican companies now look to the U.S. for co-finance or a market. Mantarraya, in contrast, is much more Eurocentric.

“De Heli” financing bears that out: Further coin comes from Fonds Sud, Germany’s Una Films and NRW Fund, and the Netherlands Film Fund and Dutch prod company Lemming Films.

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