You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Pay TV, Co-prods Power Up Guadalajara

Market rolls off Latin America’s market build

MEXICO CITY — U.S. and Latin American pay TV and co-production talks drove dealings at Mexico’s Guadalajara Film Market last week — as they do to an increasing extent in Latin America at large.

Mexico’s biggest industry meet, the Film Market also underscored how Mexico’s movie industry is benefiting ever more from U.S.-Mexico initiatives aimed at Latin America at large.

In the latest U.S./Mexico play for Latin American talent and markets — and Guadalajara’s biggest announcement — L.A. and Mexico City-based producer-financier Alex Garcia revealed details of Latam Distribution, a new Mexico City outfit that is distributing Garcia’s productions in Mexico and selling them on to the U.S. Hispanic market and the rest of Latin America.

Like investment fund Participant PanAmerica and sales company Mundial, an IM Global/Canana initiative, Latam zeroes in on the rights value of Latin American movies, in Latam Distribution’s case more specifically in Latin America, one of the fastest growing movie markets in the world.

Challenged now by Netflix, companies working pay TV windows provide much of that build. They made much of the running at Guadalajara.

Pay TV channel Cinelatino, owned by Mexico’s MVS Television, closed a six French-pic package from Pyramide International, including Jeanne Moreau starrer “A Lady in Paris” and Iranian first-timer Massoud Bakhshi’s Teheran corruption thriller “A Respectable Family,” both playing Guadalajara’s International Panorama.

Atlanta-based and U.S. studio-backed LAP TV, which operates Latin American premium channel Moviecity, HBO, Magnolia, Shoreline, Lap TV and Outsider Pictures were prominent among attendees at the Market, where the U.S. boasted by far the biggest industry presence of any foreign industry. More U.S. and Latin American pay TV window deals look set to go down — and sometimes be announced — in upcoming days.

The first deal unveiled at Guadalajara’s Co-production Meeting — and on one of the Meeting’s buzz titles — was Barcelona-based Eddie Saeta’s boarding “Franco’s Night,” from Mexico’s Bernardo Arellano (“Between Night and Day”). Mexico’s Agrupacion Caramelo Cinematografica lead produces, Eddie Saeta, which co-produced Cannes 2010’s Palme d’Or winner “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” has taken a minority equity stake.

“A dark bloody suspense thriller with a tragic finale,” in Arellano’s words, “Franco’s Night” turns on a violent criminal who holes up at a bedraggled hotel, only to fall perilously in love.

Other buzz Guadalajara Market titles included Jose Luis Valle’s “Workers,” which won the fest’s best Mexican pic Mezcal Prize and has closed Switzerland with Trigon-Film. Sales company MPM Film is following up interest in the U.S., and is in advanced negotiations for France, Germany, Benelux and Latin America, said MPM’s Pierre Menahem.

First Work Award winner “So Much Water,” from Uruguays’s Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge — which also scooped a Fipresci nod at Cartagena and the screenplay and Knight Grand Jury Prize at the early-March Miami Fest, which comes with $15,000 for U.S. distribution — has closed Brazil with Providence Filmes and is in discussions for France, Romania, Germany and Sweden, said Virginie Devesa, at sales agency Alpha Violet.

As part of plaudits at pix-in-post competish Guadalajara Construye, Mexico’s Latinofusion offered a $15,000 minimum guarantee for international sales on “The Lamb,” from Chile’s Juan Francisco Olea Simunovic, about a devout man who discovers he has no sense of guilt.

Further GC kudos were shared by “Lamb,” Mexican Max Zunino’s “Los banistas,” a friendship tale between a jobless 65-year-old man and a penniless girl drifter, and Amaia and Aitor Merino’s “Asier and I,” a post ETA-ceasefire docu narrated to camera by the confused and often funny Aitor Merino.

Combined with a swing through Mexico City — many top Mexican producers did not make this year’s meet — Guadalajara is now shaping up as an obvious port-of-call for execs looking to develop business in Mexico.

“With Brazil, Mexico is Latin America’s biggest territory. Its distributors don’t have time for meetings at the AFM, Cannes and Berlin, since they’re focused on negotiating big titles, but you can catch many of them at Guadalajara,” said Film Factory’s Vicente Canales.

As Mexico and Latin America build in importance, that is no longer an anecdotal fact at all.

More Film

  • Russell BobbittMarvel Studios talk at Beth

    The Best Gifts For Marvel Fans

    From the success of “Deadpool 2” (stream, $5.99 on Amazon) to the rise of “Black Panther” (stream, $3.99 on Amazon) 2018 was a big year for the Marvel Universe. With the holidays just around the corner, we’ve rounded up some of the best Marvel-related gifts, fit for wannabe superheroes, and casual fans alike. 1. Spider-Man [...]

  • Valerian

    EuropaCorp in Advanced Talks to Sell Off Its Post-Production Facility (EXCLUSIVE)

    Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is in advanced discussions to sell its vast post-production facility, Digital Factory, to Chinese research and engineering studio Southbay, Variety has learned. Southbay specializes in 3D conversion, VFX and post-production for film and TV, and has offices in Los Angeles and in Hangzhou and Shaoxing in China. EuropaCorp is one of Southbay’s clients, along [...]

  • 'Self-Portrait With Boy' in Development at

    'Self-Portrait With Boy' in Development at Topic Studios

    Topic Studios (“Leave No Trace”) has bought rights to Rachel Lyon’s debut novel “Self-Portrait With Boy” and plans to develop the project as a feature film. Lyon will adapt her own novel. John Lyons (“Boogie Nights”), who recently signed a first-look deal with Topic Studios, has come on board to produce. The story is set [...]

  • Ventana Sur Animation Panel Focuses On

    Ricardo Cortes Vera Talks Audience-Driven Content at Ventana Sur

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Ricardo Cortes Vera, commissioning editor for Señal Colombia, introduced the audience-driven children’s content his company is renowned for in hopes of encouraging a crowd of animators into submitting their own work to the channel. He did so in a keynote address given Tuesday afternoon in Buenos Aires, at the Animation! strand [...]

  • Films by Francois Ozon, Fatih Akin

    Berlin Film Festival: New Films by Francois Ozon, Fatih Akin, Denis Cote in Competition

    New films by Francois Ozon, Fatih Akin and Denis Cote are among the titles that will compete for the Golden Bear at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival. German director Akin’s “Der Goldene Handschuh” (“The Golden Glove”) and French helmer Ozon’s “Grâce à dieu” (“By the Grace of God”) were announced by the Berlinale in its [...]

  • Picture Tree Sells Berlin Competition Film

    Picture Tree Sells Berlin Competition Title 'The Ground Beneath My Feet'

    Picture Tree Intl. is on board as the sales agent for “The Ground Beneath My Feet” (Der Boden Unter Den Füssen), which the Berlin Film Festival revealed Thursday will be in its main competition section. The Austrian drama, directed by Marie Kreutzer, stars Valerie Pachner, Mavie Hörbiger and Pia Hierzegger. The film centers on high-powered [...]

  • Katherine Jerkovic on FiGa Films-Sold Debut

    Ventana Sur: Katherine Jerkovic On Personal References, Icebergs, and Whispered Truths

    Canada-born with roots in Uruguay, Croatia and Argentina, Katherine Jerkovic split her childhood between Belgium and Uruguay. At 18, she settled in Montreal and studied film at Concordia University. After a few shorts (“The Winter’s Keeper”) and some video-installations, she has finished her first feature, “Roads in February.” The film is a co-production between Nicolas [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content