CANNES: Meikincine Ups Ante With Mexican Pick-Up (EXCLUSIVE)

‘Alice in Marialand’ stars Mexican idol Barbara Mori

MADRID – Making its first high-profile Mexican pick-up and Cannes market debut, Lucia Meik’s start-up sales agency Meikincine Entertainment has acquired “Alice in Marialand,” starring Mexican small and big screen idol Barbara Mori (“My Brother’s Wife,” “Kites”).

Further key cast in the love triangle-come-psychological thriller are Stephanie Sigman, the breakthrough lead of the Canana-Fox backed “Miss Bala” more recently seen in FX series “The Bridge,” and Mexican theater/TV thesp Claudio Lafarge, best known for Mexican serial “XY.”

Mexico’s Sobrevivientes Films produces “Alice.”

Since launching at December’s Ventana Sur, near all Meikincine’s early titles have been first or second features. In another step-up for Meikin, “Alice” marks the fourth directorial outing from Mexican Jesus Magana, a partner at Sobrevivientes.

Another embodiment of his hallmark fantasy-romance-thriller mix – like “Abolition of Property,” a Guadalajara best screenplay winner in 2012, and Magana’s second movie, 2007’s “Once Upon a Time Maria,” – “Alice” turns on a writer, Tonatiuh, whose tormented lover Maria (Mori) dies in a car-crash. He meets a new love, Alice (Sigman), who nursed him while he lay in coma after the accident.

But memories of Maria still overwhelm him until he hits on a solution to reconciling his divided love.

“We are delighted at working with an up-and-coming company such as Sobrevivientes Films, and on a film with an international recognition cast,” said Lucia Meik, founder of Meikincine Entertainment.

She added that she and the film’s producers were studying at which second half festival to present the film, and their aim was to score not only international sales deals but also penetrate the U.S. market.

Further picks-ups for Cannes include Argentine family comedy “Off the Map,” adapting Maria Ines Falconi’s bestseller, which grossed $460,000 in Argentina; “Who Pays the Bill?”, billed as the most successful Honduran movie of all time; and “My Summer With Amanda, The Last Summer,” directed by Benjamin Lopez, a romantic comedy from Puerto Rico.

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