FilmSharks, Lemon link on ‘Perez’

Sales agent to rep Mexican action comedy hit

Argentina’s FilmSharks Intl. has pounced on Beto Gomez’s Mexican box office breakout “Saving Private Perez,” produced by Mexico’s Lemon Films.

One of Latin America’s most active sales agents, Guido Rud’s FilmSharks will rep worldwide rights on the black comedy about a Mexican drug lord and his motley crew of compadres who land in Iraq to rescue the kingpin’s sequestered kid brother.

Released via Televisa’s theatrical distrib arm Videocine, “Saving Private Perez” racked up upbeat reviews and $7.9 million in Mexico.

That made it the second-highest grossing live-action Mexican movie this year and a rare phenomenon: an Iraq-set B.O. hit.

Released by Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films Latino arm, “Perez” grossed a first 24-day $1.4 million Stateside in September. FilmSharks has built up its recent biz closing international sales or remake rights to Latin American and Spanish movies often thought to be just local blockbusters.

In July, FilmSharks sold Strand Releasing all U.S. rights to Brazilian spiritual drama “Astral City,” which Fox nursed to $21 million at the Brazilian box office.

FilmSharks licensed the fourth part of Santiago Segura’s Spanish B.O. behemoth, “Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis,” to countries including France, Brazil, where it was released by Paris Filmes, one of the country’s biggest indie distributors, and Argentina, where it opened at No. 4 in the B.O. and grossed over $500,000.