Da Silva to start int’l biz at Stopline

Deal to aid company's co-production relationships

Leonel Vieira’s Stopline Films, one of Portugal’s most internationally-minded producers, has tapped former Cannes Directors’ Fortnight topper Francois da Silva to fire up its international business.

The accord, closed at Cannes, is an exclusive consulting deal for Portugal.

Deal will be similar to da Silva’s EuropaCorp, where he picked up projects and ideas for the Gallic mini-major.

One of his first missions will be to strengthen Stopline’s co-production and sales agents relationships, Vieira said.

Stopline’s two new feature projects, brought onto the market at Cannes, also have a distinctly international bent: “The Great Game,” to be directed by Vieira, is a $4 million action drama produced by Stopline, CCFBR and Portugal’s Castello Lopes Multimedia.

The English- and Spanish-language pic is set against the background of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, samba schools and illegal gambling. It rolls in late 2009.

Stopline is also producing “Ironbound,” the debut feature of Yuri Alves, a young Brazilian-born director of Portuguese descent who grew up in the U.S. A family drama, “Ironbound” is set in the Brazilian-Portuguese district of New Jersey.

A diversified film-TV-commercials house based in Lisbon, Stopline works a three-way business between Portugal, Spain and Brazil. That can be put down in part to director-producer Vieira’s origins: his father is Spanish, his mother is Portuguese and he studied at Madrid TAI film school.

Vieira also has a 50% stake in Brazilian production company CCFBR and through it is completing “Budapest,” by Brazilian director Walter Carvalho.

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