MADRID — Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based sales company FilmSharks Intl. is showing its teeth, gobbling intl. distribution rights on Turkish psychothriller “Shattered Soul” and Conrad Clark’s “Soul Carriage,” world rights on U.S. sci-fi western “El Segundo” and Europe on Korean kids drama “Boy Director.”
The four pickups mark a new growth phase for the company, launched by Rud in 2003, which has moved from Argentine to Latin American pics and now a fully-fledged entry into eclectic international fare.
“Our aim is to acquire high-profile independent films, especially at early stages of production, from Argentina and anywhere else in the world,” Rud told Daily Variety.
Helmed by Mustafa Altioklar and produced by Mehmet Altioklar, “Shattered Soul” signals an attempt by younger Turkish filmmakers to move into U.S.-style genre and f/x, boasting gruesome procedurals, a serial killer plot and multiple-personality plotting.
The Chinese-language “Soul Carriage” is Shanghai-produced, written by the Emirates-based Saleh Karama and helmed by Brit firsttimer Conrad Clark. A contempo road movie through a grimly industrial China, it follows a Chinese factory employee who takes the body of a fellow worker back to his family.
Helmed in DV by Hank Jacobs, and produced by the L.A.-based Ramblin’ Tank Productions, the unusual Spanish/English-language “El Segundo” meshes an animation intro, Texan border town romance and Aztec mysticism with a Texan rancher hellbent on retrieving a jewel, El Segundo, of supernatural powers.
Now in post, “Director Boy” turns on a child’s attempt to learn how to make films in order to shoot murals painted by his dead father.
All four pics market preem at Berlin’s EFM.
FilmSharks continues to rep Argentine fare, most notably “After the Sea,” the penultimate pic from Israel Adrian Caetano (“Buenos Aires 1977”) and “Destiny,” from Berlin Silver Bear winner Miguel Pereira (“The Debt”).