BUENOS AIRES – In what looks like the biggest deal to go down on the first day of trading at the Ventana Sur market, Film Movement sealed all rights to North America on Spaniard Manuel Martin Cuenca’s “Cannibal.”
The deal was sealed by Rebeca Conget, VP of acquisitions and distribution at Film Movement, a New York distribution company which specializes in releasing in the U.S. and Canada first-run, award-winning independent and foreign films, and by Vicente Canales, founder of Film Factory Ent., which is selling the film.
“Cannibal” will open theatrically in the U.S. and Canada in the third quarter of 2014, followed by a VOD and DVD release, Film Movement said Wednesday.
Lead-produced by Spain’s Mod Producciones, the producer behind Alejandro Amenabar’s “Agora” and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Biutiful,” “Cannibal” world premiered as a special presentation at September’s Toronto Festival.
It was included by Toronto’s artistic director Cameron Bailey in his Mission List of 15 films at Toronto without U.S. distribution which can transform the way people see the world.
It turns on Carlos (Antonio de la Torre), a respected tailor in the Spanish country town of Granada, who dedicates his life to his work and eating, including women.
Rather than becoming a shockfest, however, “Cannibal,” which segued from Toronto to compete at the San Sebastian Festival, keeps most of the eating off-screen as it develops into a love story – set against the background of the sleepy city of Granada and the sweeping landscapes of Andalusia’s Sierra Nevada – between the tailor and the Romanian immigrant sister of his latest victim.
“Manuel Martin Cuenca has established himself as one of Spain’s most artistically astute filmmakers, his works consistently evolving in skill and style. In ‘Cannibal,’ we see a surprisingly thoughtful approach to an otherwise gruesome premise, one we’re confident audiences will be as gripped by as we were,” Conget said.
She added: “It is a pleasure to work with Film Factory again, in our first all rights deal with them, and it’s an excellent way for us to start off this years’s Ventana Sur, a film market that is significantly growing in quality and importance with every passing year.”
Ventana Sur runs Dec. 3-6.