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FiGa takes ‘Zoologico,’ sells ‘Life’

L.A. company sealed 'Blood' at San Sebastian

Continuing its commitment to new Latin American talent, L.A.-based FiGa Films has inked worldwide rights on Chilean helmer Rodrigo Marin’s “Zoologico.”

FiGa has also closed France with producer-turned distributor Nicolas Breviere on “A Useful Life,” from Uruguayan director Federico Veiroj.

Deal was concluded at San Sebastian Film Festival, which wrapped Saturday, where FiGa also sealed North America and Latin America on “Blood of My Blood,” from Portugal’s Joao Canijo.

Written by Marin and Rodrigo Taulis, “Zoologico” follows three Americanized Chilean 16-ish teens who live their lives largely online.

One, Camilo, has trouble adapting to his new family; another, Belen, insists on recording a video for a part in a TV show; and a third, Anibal, becomes increasingly violent.

“There’s an upper-middle class youth in Santiago de Chile that doesn’t have much contact with anyone outside school,” FiGa’s Sandro Fiorin said.

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“It’s a problem that is prevalent in Santiago de Chile, but seen the world over.”

“Zoologico” world premieres in Competition at October’s Valdivia Festival in Chile. Ana Perera’s Lastarria produces.

A Lisbon family drama, “Blood” won San Sebastian’s Fipresci prize on Saturday.

Breviere, who is setting up his own distribution company, aims to release “Useful Life” on four prints by year-end.

Picked up at San Sebastian by FiGa last year, “Life” has sold to U.K.’s Dogwoof while Kid Sister opened “Life” in Mexico. Manuel Garcia’s Tren — – another new distributor, like Kid Sister — bowed “Life” in Argentina, where it has played for six weeks.

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