BARCELONA — Argentina’s biggest indie sales agent, Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks Intl., has announced major territory deals in Europe on key pics in a highly eclectic sales slate.
Paris’ Films Sans Frontieres has licensed France and French-speaking territories rights on Chilean first-timer Leon Errazuriz’s urban thriller “Bad Blood,” about the misfortunes of two young drug dealers.
Dujass Film has taken Italian rights to Argentinean toonpics “Teo, the Intergalactic Hunter” and “Patoruzito 2.”
Colifilms Diffusion has bought French-speaking territory rights on Alex Bowen’s Argentine-Chilean-Spanish co-production “My Best Enemy,” turning on 1978 Argentina-Chile border disputes, while Spain’s Civite Films has picked up Argentine helmer Roberto Luis Garay’s political thriller “The Hillock.”
In a further major territory deal, Australia’s Palace Ent. has closed all rights to Australia and New Zealand on Greek Costas Kapakas’ coming-of-ager “Uranya,” starring Maria Grazia Cuccinota.
As for TV deals, Miami-based Venevision Intl. has bought Gabriel Arbos’ “The Slave’s Happiness” and “Ana y los otros,” directed by Celina Murga, one of the leading female lights of new Argentine filmmaking. Pic will air on Venevision’s U.S. pay TV movie channel VeneMovies.
TVE Internacional, the international feed of Spanish pubcaster RTVE, has also acquired “Happiness.”
Broadening its range still further, FilmSharks has international or select territory rights on three new acquisitions: “The Photograph,” from Indonesian femme director Nan Achnas, which played in Pusan’s Window on Asian Cinema; “Halim,” from leading Egyptian film producer Good News Group, a bio of Arab world megastar singer Abdel Halim Hafez; and “Childish War,” a war drama by Iran’s Abolghassem Talebi.