MADRID — German sales agent Media Luna Ent. has taken worldwide rights outside Spain to Chema Rodri-guez’s documentary “Estrellas de la linea” (The Railroad All Stars), about a soccer team of Guatemalan sex workers.
Pic, which won the Panorama audience award at Berlin Film Festival, opened the 13th Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Festival. North America’s largest doc fest, Hot Docs runs April 28 to May 7.
“Railroad” turns on a group of prostitutes who live in a Guatemala City slum and formed a soccer team in 2004 that joined a local five-a-side league. The league’s organizer expelled them when they revealed their profession to draw media attention to their plight. The ban sparked a national controversy.
Pic marks a foray into docu production by Tomas Cimadevilla’s Telespan 2000, one of Spain’s most successful film production houses.
Always keeping an eye on Spanish film production, Media Luna purchased international rights early this year to Jordi Sole’s mockumentary “El taxista ful” (The Taxi Thief) and also took Jon Garano’s docus “The Dragon House” and “Bhutan’s Secrets,” about cultural contrasts in Bhutan.
Cologne-based Media Luna is building up a reputation for selling a broad range of Spanish titles.
At the last San Sebastian Fest, it acquired the rights to Asier Altuna and Telmo Esnal Basque-lingo comedy “Go Extebeste!,” after having sold Spaniard Miguel Albaladejo’s gay dramedy “Bear Cub” to more than 20 territories, including, in the U.S., TLA Releasing for DVD/theatrical and to HBO and Here! TV for pay.
The new acquisition will be screened at the Cannes Market, which runs May 17-27.