Who said it was a local comedy? Santiago Segura’s “Torrente” saga, about a racist, sexist ex-cop, may be Spain’s biggest film-franchise ever, but it was commonly written off as too local — in its Spanish star cameos, and compendium of Spanish vices — to ever travel abroad.
With Russia’s Kinopron just taking the former-Soviet Union, “Torrente 4” — which has grossed Euros19.6 million ($28.2 million) to date in Spain — has now sold to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay (CDI), Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru (Delta), former-Yugoslavia (Tuck Vision) and Hungary (Budapest Film).
“Torrente 4” will play Chile’s Sanfic festival late August
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“When Santiago Segura made ‘Torrente 4” in 1998, there wasn’t such a market for gross-out comedies. Now he’s recognized as a pioneer of the genre,” Rud said at Cannes.