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Strand takes ‘Astral City’

Spiritual drama set for U.S. release

Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Brazilian spiritual drama “Nosso lar” (“Our Home: The Astral City”) from Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks Intl. for release later this year.

The $10 million film grossed $25 million from 4 million admissions in Brazil, the second-best performance in Latin America last year after “Elite Troop 2,” another Brazilian title.

Twentieth Century Fox distributed “Astral City” in Brazil.

Directed by Wagner de Assis (“A cartomante”), “Astral City” follows a doctor who dies and is taken to a spirit colony where he finds out about the afterlife and reincarnation.

“This is a film that has potential to travel. It deals with reincarnation from the fictional point of view, and it has high production values and special effects,” said FilmSharks topper Guido Rud.

Philip Glass composed the score for “Astral City,” while Ueli Steiger was the d.p. and Toronto-based Intelligent Creatures handled f/x.

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The Strand agreement follows sales to Videovision Entertainment for South Africa and Amazonia Films for Venezuela, Rud said, adding that distribs in Germany and Japan have expressed interest.

Cinetica Filmes, the producer, is planning a sequel called “The Messengers,” also based on a bestselling book by Brazilian spiritualist Chico Xavier of “Nosso lar.”Deal was done between Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing and Rud of FilmSharks.

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