Greenlight’s game for first feature

Prod'n co. has taken a 20% equity stake in soccer pic

Germany’s Greenlight Media, the producer with BBC Worldwide of event docu pics “Deep Blue” and “Planet Earth,” has taken its first step into feature film production, boarding Gerardo Olivares’ ethnic soccer comedy “The Great Match.”

Pic is produced by Jose Maria Morales’ Wanda Films in Spain.

Greenlight has taken a 20% equity stake in the film. Wanda will keep the rights to the Spanish-speaking world and Greenlight those to the German-speaking world.

Olivares’ feature film debut, the e2.1 million ($2.7 million) film is an ironic take on globalism.

It charts the sometimes desperate efforts of Mongol nomads, Tuareg camel riders, Greenland Eskimos and Amazon Indians to watch the 2002 World Cup soccer final on TV.

The Tuaregs, for example, have a TV set but no batteries. The Mongols tap into a public utility pole, but are then arrested by the local military.

Two thirds of the film has been shot, Morales told Variety.

“Great Match” was inspired when Olivares, a vet docu filmmaker, saw how Mongolian nomads followed electricity networks so that they could catch their favorite Brazilian telenovelas on TV.

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