Latido takes Argentine hit ‘Chinese’

'Commandment,' 'Birds' sold to Brazil's Gennaro

Spanish sales agent Latido Films continues to bet on Latin American films, picking up international rights outside Latin America and Spain to Argentina’s biggest box office hit of the year so far, helmer Sebastian Borensztein’s comedy “Un cuento chino” (Chinese Take-Away), starring Ricardo Darin.

In the run-up to the Cannes festival, Latido and Sao Paulo-based distributor Sidney Gennaro has also licensed Brazilian rights to upcoming Mexican psychological thriller “The Fifth Commandment” and Argentinian toon “Free Birds,” produced by Juan Jose Campanella.

Distributed by Disney in Argentina, “Chinese Take-Away” bowed March 24 and has nabbed $2.7 million through April 13, topping the B.O. for two weeks.

The Buenos Aires-set pic tells the tragicomic meeting between a cranky Argentine loner and a Chinese man who doesn’t speaks a word of Spanish.

The Argentina-Spain co-production teams Buenos Aires’ Pampa Films with Madrid’s Tornasol Films and Argentine broadcaster Telefe. Juan Pablo Buscarini and Gerardo Herrero exec produced.

“Chinese” will make its international market premiere at the Cannes Market.

Buena Vista Intl. and Herrero’s Tornasol will manage Latin American and Spanish rights, respectively.

(Charles Newbery contributed to this report.)

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