Ventana Sur: ‘Francisco’ Cleans Up Catholic World (EXCLUSIVE)

Licensed by FilmSharks, Pope biopic rolls out further territories

BUENOS AIRES – “Francisco,” the Argentine papal portrait starring Dario Grandinetti (“Talk to Her,” “Wild Tales”), continues to clean up the Catholic world, closing a pan-Latin America deal for TV/VOD with Beverly Hills Entertainment.

Buena Vista International has also taken rights to Latin America, in an already-announced deal. Deals for the U.S. and Germany are imminent, according to FilmSharks’ Guido Rud. The U.K , Australia/New Zealand , the Czech Republic and Hungary  are in advanced discussions, he added.

Of new deals, “Francisco” has closed Taiwan (Encore) and former-Yugoslavia (2iFilms). Metropolitan Filmexport has acquired French-speaking Europe, 2M Pictures Italy, and Warsaw Movie Distribution Poland. FilmSharks Intl. sold Korea to Must See Movie Releasing and Spain to Wanda Vision. Colombia has gone to Procinal, Central America to Palmera Intl., Chile and Peru to Andes Films and the Philippines to Pioneer.

Silvia Abascal (“El Lobo”) and Leticia Bredice (“Nine Queens”) co-star in an Argentina-Spain co-production between Bossi and Spain’s Gloriamundi.

A fiction feature, “Francisco ” is based on “Francisco: Life and Revolution,” by Elisabetta Pique, Vatican correspondent for Argentina’s La Nacion. Written by Docampo Feijoo, “Francisco“ follows a Spanish journalist (Abascal) as she researches how Bergoglio, a Jesuit priest and son of Italian immigrants whom she got to know in the Conclave of 2005, walked his long journey from the discovery of his calling as an adolescent to becoming Archbishop of Buenos Aires and finally Pope in March 2013. “Francisco” will also describe his work in the slums, and battle against prostitution, slave labor, the drug trade and corruption. A trailer and an early press statement suggest “Francisco” will also illuminate Francisco’s not-so-well-known struggle with Argentina’s military dictatorship.

“We hope that this film transmits the admiration which we all feel for the coherence which a life based in austerity and charity really inspires,” Docampo Feijoo said, when FilmSharks brought “Francisco” onto the market at 2014’s Ventana Sur.

Key craft includes cinematographer Kiko de la Rica (“Blancanieves,” “Witching & Bitching”), Jose Quetglas (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) for makeup and composer Federico Jusid (“The Secret in Their Eyes”).

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