HOLLYWOOD — In a town where terms like “high-concept” and “synergy” dominate the landscape, who would want to take on a film about an 18-year-old girl who’s overweight and who happens to be a Latina?
HBO Films — which marks its foray into theatrical releasing with “Real Women Have Curves” (Newmarket is distribbing) — saw the Sundance fave as a good bet.
“We made it because it was about two things: curvy girls — and a Mexican-American world like this,” said HBO Films prexy Colin Callender at the film’s Oct. 15 CineramaDome preem.
Josefina Lopez’s script, co-written by George LaVoo, is based on her autobiographical play about a first-generation Mexican-American girl balancing family traditions and her own independence.
Lopezis less fazed by the commercial landscape than some tyros would be. “Curves,” after all, is opening on the coattails of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” another ethnic-tinged crowd-pleaser that has HBO ties.
Joining the festivities at Hollywood’s The Projects were Newmarket toppers Chris Ball, Bob Berney and Will Tyrer; HBO Films VP Maude Nadler; helmer Patricia Cardoso (pregnant and appearing despite doctor’s orders); producer Effie T. Brown, cast members America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros; and guests Jeffrey Tambor and Robin Wright Penn.