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Toronto: Wide Sells ‘Margarita’ to Japan’s Aya Pro

U.S., U.K. deals to close, said Wide’s Loic Magneron

In an early sale on one of its flagship titles at Toronto, Paris-based Wide Management has licensed scribe-helmer Shonali Bose’s late-teen romantic drama “Margarita, With a Straw” to Japan’s Aya Pro.

Deal closed after “Margarita’s” Monday world premiere in Toronto Contemporary World Cinema. Aya Pro will give the film a theatrical release in 2015.

There is strong interest from three U.S distributors and two U.K. distributors and big interest from companies all over the world, said Wide Management prexy Loic Magneron.

Produced by Ishan Talkies and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, “Margarita” will have its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct.17.

Wide will close for the U.K. at Toronto or by the end of the London Festival, Magneron added.

Following up on 2005’s “Amu,” “Margarita” reps the sophomore outing of India’s Bose, a filmmaker who belongs to a new generation of Indian directors that does not make traditional films and is not content to make films purely for national audiences.

Shot in Hindi and English, with the action moving from India to New York, “Margarita” turns on a Delhi teenager, Laila, who suffers cerebral palsy who is a high-achiever at her high school and wins a scholarship to New York. There she embarks on a journey of sexual discovery.

Actress Kalki Koechlin (“Dev D,” “That Girl in Yellow Boots”), present in Toronto, plays Laila.

“This is a crossroads films, it’s an independent and commercial movie, a romantic comedy which is a coming-of-age tale a feel-good-film which talks about significant issues, and actress Kalki Koechlin is unbelievable,” Magneron said.

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