Universal, Latido rolls out Darin smash hit
MADRIDDisney has done it again. After releasing 2012’s top five Argentine hits, the Mouse House’s latest local bow, Hernan Goldfrid’s Hitchcockian crime thriller “Thesis on a Homicide,” has topped the box office since its Jan. 17 bow for a trawl of 27 million pesos ($5.4 million) through Sunday. That means “Homicide” will soon best 2012’s couple swap comedy “2+2” ($5.6 million) to become the second highest-grossing Argentine movie on hometurf after Juan Jose Campanella’s “The Secret in Their Eyes” in 2009. Produced by Buenos Aires’ BD Cine and Spain’s Tornasol Films, “Homicide” is set to travel. Disney has acquired Latin American rights and UPI Spain announced Tuesday it will release “Homicide” April 5. At the European Film Market in Berlin, Latido Films closed sales in France (Eurozoom) and South Korea (Sonamu Pictures), adding to pre-sales to Germany, Switzerland and Austria (Frenetic), Turkey (Calinos) and Brazil (California Filmes). Offers are in from Italy with strong interest from Benelux, said Latido’s Juan Torres. Spanish B.O. prospects look upbeat, where “Homicide” lead Ricardo Darin is popular. Also produced by Tornasol, “Secret,” toplining Darin, grossed $8.1 million in Spain, while “Chinese Take Away,” another Darin-starrer, took $3 million. Adapted by Patricio Vega from Diego Paszkowski’s novel, “Homicide” turns on a criminal law lecturer (Darin) convinced that one of his students (Alberto Ammann, “Cell 211”) has gotten away with murder. Argentine movies look like a good business for Latido, which has sold at Berlin Gustavo Fernandez Trevino’s ethical drama “From Tuesday to Tuesday” to Cine Global for German-speaking Europe.