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TORONTO: ‘Foosball’ Closes Italy, Korea

Juan Jose Campanella’s toon feature continues its international sales roll-out

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Playing off two invitation-only screenings at this week’s Toronto Festival, Juan Jose Campanella’s $21 million, 3D animated feature “Foosball” has closed two further major territories: Italy with Koch Media and South Korea with Korea Screen.

Both distributors have committed to 300-plus print releases and a minimum of about $1.5 million in P & A spend, said “Foosball’s” sales agent, Vicente Canales, at Film Factory.

A U.S. distribution deal is under negotiation, he added.

One of the biggest movies ever to come out of Latin America and its biggest-ever animated feature, “Foosball” is also the first toon pic from Campanella, who is best known for Ricardo Darin-starring features “The Son of the Bride” and “The Secret In Their Eyes,” which won the 2009 foreign-language Academy Award.

A humor-tinged adventure-love story centering on a boy, Amadeo, whose table football figures come alive, helping him to save his hometown and win back his childhood sweetheart, “Foosball” has already pre-sold to Universal for Latin America and Spain, as well as to Russia’s Carmen Films. Poland’s Iti Cinema, Zon Lusomundo in Portugal and China’s Shanghai Vision Film:Mediavision has picked up Turkey, Gulf Film took the Middle East.

World preeming in Campanella’s native Argentina on July 18, “Foosball” has grossed $13.5 million to date.

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Film Factory has received offers from key outstanding markets such as France and Germany, plus multiple smaller territories, Canales said.

Producers are awaiting three events before closing more international deals, however: a U.S. sale; “Foosball’s” international premiere at Spain’s San Sebastian Festival on Sept. 20, where it opens the festival; the conclusion of an English-language voice-cast version which will be screened at November’s American Film Market, where the film will also be shown, unlike in Toronto, in 3D.

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