New Yorker warms to ‘Embrace’

Burman's top Argentine grosser finds U.S. distrib

New Yorker Films has closed a deal for the U.S. release of “Lost Embrace,” the Argentine film that won this year’s Silver Lion in Berlin. Plans are to bring the pic out at Christmas.

Successfully released in France and Spain, “Lost Embrace” is the year’s top Argentine film domestically.

Director Daniel Burman now is prepping a new feature with Argentina’s BD Cine. Jose Maria Morales of Spain’s Wanda Vision and Marc Sillam of France’s Paradis will again work together with BD Cine on the D1.5 million ($1.77 million) project; another European or U.S. partner is being sought.

The new film, “Legacy,” is about a family of Argentine lawyers and their conflicting relationships. When the father leaves on a round-the-world vacation, the son takes over the business and discovers he’s very much like his father after all.

“It’s my first non-Jewish subject,” says Burman, who caught the eye of festivalgoers in 2000 with his film “Waiting for the Messiah.” “Legacy” will be the young director’s fifth theatrical feature. It will star Daniel Hendler as the son and begins rolling in January.