BUENOS AIRES – In one of the major pick-ups of Ventana Sur, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory has powered up River Plate-side trading swooping in world sales rights to Argentine Hernan Belon’s drama “Sangre en la boca,” which bowed in rough cut at the Latin American film mart’s pix-in-post showcase Primer Corte.
Film Factory has acquired all international rights outside Argentina, save for Italy, where “Sangre” is co-produced by Italy’s Cinedea, which will provide post-production services.
One of the big potential Argentina B.O. plays of 2016 – though it has still to close a domestic distribution deal – “Sangre en la boca” stars Leonardo Sbaraglia (“Wild Tales”) who re-teams with Belon after latter’s 2011 Venice Critics’ Week player “El Campo” (In the Open), his first feature.
“A melodrama with elements of film noir,” “Sangre” charts the destructive sadomasochistic relationship between Ramon (“Sbaraglia) a near over-the-hill boxing champ and Deborah, a young boxing trainee for whom he leaves his family.
“For me, ‘Sangre en la boca’ is the most commercial of titles at Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte, and the title with most sales potential,” Canales said. “It played to a full house at Ventana Sur and nobody walked out at all,” he added.
Canales went on to say that he aimed to have a promo ready for 2016’s Berlin Fest and ‘Sangre en la boca’ ready for May’s Cannes Festival.
“I didn’t really think if ‘Sangre en la boca’ was commercial when I made it. It was the film I needed to make,” Belon said at Ventana Sur.
“I was fascinated by passion, people who for love take decisions which don’t benefit them, a passion which has changed the world, if you think of Helen of Troy,” he added, saying that, that said, was very happy to have Film Factory on board.
Film Factory has a habit of moving smartly to tie down rights to movies showcased at the world’s top Spanish-language pix-in-post competitions. In 2013, it picked up “To Kill a Man” as it screened in post at San Sebastian’s Films in Progress, in 2014, “Ixcanul” at the same event. Helmed by Chile’s Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, “To Kill a Man” went on to win Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize in its World Cinema –Dramatic section; “Ixcanul,” from Guatemala’s Jayro Bustamante, took Berlin’s 2015 Alfred Bauer Silver Bear, sold widely, including a Kino Lorber U.S. pick-up and is now Guatemala’s Foreign Language Oscar entry.