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IFC nabs rights to ‘Lluvia,’ ‘Gesture’

Dramas to premiere on Festival Direct VOD

BUENOS AIRES — IFC Entertainment has picked up all North American distribution rights to Argentinean romantic drama “Lluvia” (Rain) and Israeli revenge drama “Foul Gesture.”

IFC will premiere the films on its Festival Direct VOD cabler that brings new films directly to viewers on demand.

“Rain” is the second fiction feature from Argentinean Paula Hernandez (“Inheritance”), toplining Ernesto Alterio (“El metodo”) and Valeria Bertuccelli (“XXY”) and co-produced by Disney-backed Patagonik Film Group. It is about a newly single woman who meets a man in the middle of a traffic jam.

Pic made its international premiere in competition at the Montreal World Film Festival in August. It will make its market preem at the Rome Film Festival, which is under way, and Euro preem in international competition at the Nov. 6-16 Mannheim-Heidelberg fest in Germany.

“Foul Gesture,” directed by Tzahi Grad, is a high-tension story of an average guy at the end of his rope on the streets of Tel Aviv.

Deal was negotiated by IFC’s manager of acquisitions Jeff Deutchman with Guido Rud, the head of FilmSharks, a leading international sales outfit based in Buenos Aires.

FilmSharks previously sold Indian rights to “Rain” to Alliance Lumiere India and Swiss rights to Trigon Films. Buena Vista is handling Latin America distribution. Barton Films has taken rights in Spain and Portugal to “Foul Gesture.”