Film Factory, Jirafa Ink Two-Pic Deal

Deal underscores maturity of Latin-American production sales scene

In a sign of the ongoing maturity of Latin American-Spain production-sales scene, Film Factory has swooped in on world sales rights to Christopher Murray’s “El Cristo Ciego” and Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “Much Ado About Nothing,” his follo-up to “To Kill a Man,” which won the 2014 Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize

Chile’s Jirafa Films, headed by Augusto Matte, produced both films.

In arthouse production, execution is all. Output or even mini-volume deals are relatively rare. But the stock of the best Latin American production houses and the sales potential of at least breakout Latin American films are rising fast: Having sold “To Kill a Man,” Film Factory’s Vicente Canales has not wanted to wait any longer before pacting with Jirafa, and not just on one but two movies, before they hit a films-in-post showcase, Canales told Variety.

Developed at Cannes’ Cinefondation and Torino Film Lab, and co-produced by Thierry Lenouvel’s CineSud Promotion, “El Cristo Ciego” turns on a man, who, believing he is a Christ, sets out to perform his first miracle, which is saving a dying friend. It begins shooting this month.

Currently shooting, “Much Ado” is inspired by a political scandal that outraged Chile: a political bigwig’s son who was involved in a hit-and-run case but absolved by a Chilean court. It is Chile’s first crowd-funded movie.

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