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‘Veronica’ U.S. Rights Sold to Big World (EXCLUSIVE)

Marcelo Gomes’ third movie sold by UDI

LOCARNO — Paris-based sales-production company UDI, which is repping Diego and Daniel Vega’s Locarno fest competition player “El Mudo,” has sold Brazilian Marcelo Gomes’ “Once Upon a Time Veronica” to newly formed U.S. independent distributor Big World Pictures.

Brooklyn-based Big World will open “Veronica” in U.S. cinemas this fall. It will be Big Pictures’ second theatrical U.S. release.

“Veronica” swept the Brasilia festival, winning film, screenplay, cinematography and music. It also scooped film and actress (Hermila Guedes) at the Amazonas Film Fest.

Also written by Gomes, it marks his follow-up to “I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Want,” which he co-directed with Karim Ainouz (“Madame Sata”), and his 2005 multi-prized debut “Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures,” which marked Gomes out as one of Brazil’s most prominent young filmmakers.

“Veronica” turns on a young woman who faces difficult career choices as a psychiatric intern at a hospital, and lives with her ailing father, who would like to see her settling down.

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“Gomes’ film is an impressive progression from the lyrical road movie, ‘I Travel Because I Have To…,’” noted Big World’s Jonathan Howell.

“Hermila Guedes gives a performance of astonishing power and complexity, while the cinematography by Mauro Pinheiro Jr., and the atmospheric soundtrack soften the rough edges of Gomes’ Recife.”

Produced by Brazil’s Dezenove and REC, and France’s Urban Factory, UDI’s sister production company, “Veronica” marks one of the highest-profile films to emerge to date from UDI’s multi-year production/sales alliance with Dezenove, which has allowed UDI to tap into the films of a fast-emerging generation of Brazilian film directors.

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