×

Toronto: Latin America’s Mundial Raises Curtain on Busy Inaugural Slate

IM Global, Canana joint venture aims to give sales push to pics and producers across Latin America

Launched by IM Global and Canana, the most ambitious initiative ever to sell Latin American pics to the world will unveil its first slate of fully-finished films at Toronto.

The Mundial venture is already mulling options for more growth in the region.

Mundial is already showing a substantial presence at Toronto, with “Paradise,” a Mexico City-set love story from Mariana Chenillo (“Nora’s Will”), bowing Sunday.

One of only two Latin American Special Presentations, Alberto Arvelo’s Venezuelan epic “The Liberator,” starring Edgar Ramirez (“Carlos”), follows Monday; “A Wolf at the Door,” from Brazilian debutant director Fernando Coimbra, world preems Wednesday.

The six-year-old IM Global has diversified into growth sectors, bowing genre label Octane and into the fast-expanding markets of Asia and now Latin America.

“IM Global has a very significant infrastructure and a muscular partner in Reliance that has allowed us to work in the non-mainstream space, in tandem with our bigger commercial movies and genre films, and devote a level of energy to that activity that perhaps more niche companies are unable to do,” said IM Global CEO Stuart Ford. “That’s been to the benefit of movies IM Global is involved in, giving them a platform that they wouldn’t have otherwise received.”

Acquiring world sales rights on third-party pick-ups such as “Mexico’s Most Wanted,” from Lemon Films, or “Wolf,” produced by Brazil’s Gullane Filmes, Mundial is establishing key relationships with producers across Latin America.

“Producers in Latin America share a common vision about what we need in the region and the value of having a sales company in the same time zone which understands their production challenges,” said Canana’s Pablo Cruz.

Once famed for its valiant, micro-budget social-issue movies, Latin America’s production sector is experiencing considerable change.

Producers are firing up budgets: Epic biopic “The Liberator,” with Ramirez playing Simon Bolivar, is said to be the most expensive independently-financed movie ever made in Latin America.

Movies are acquiring audience-friendly narrative drive: “Wolf,” for instance, is a suspense-thriller, teasing out the panic, suspicion and final hate between two parents, guilt-ridden after their daughter’s kidnapping.

Latin America’s concerns are also increasingly those of the developed world. “Paradise” turns, on a loving, if overweight, couple that embarks on a weight-loss program. Soon, their relationship seems threatened.

“’Paradise’ talks about Mexico City, its suburbs, different worlds, but was conceived with the idea that its characters’ conflict and change wouldn’t just be understood in Mexico,” said Chenillo.

Weight-loss pressures, especially for women, are common the world over. Latin American cinema is acquiring a new, and far more universal reach.

More Film

  • A Faithful Man

    Film Review: 'A Faithful Man'

    French actor Louis Garrel has been married twice, first to Iranian talent Golshifteh Farahani, and now to model-cum-actress Laetitia Casta. He has also directed two features, the first a free-wheeling love-triangle comedy called “Two Friends” in which Garrel plays the cad who comes between his best friend and the object of his obsession (played by [...]

  • LGBTQ Film Festival Outfest Opens With

    LGBTQ Film Festival Outfest Opens With Documentary About Gay Porn Shops Circus of Books

    Granted, the red carpet at the opening night of Outfest in DTLA may not have been the most star-studded but it was without a doubt the most diverse, inclusive and, yes, fabulous. “I’ve never been here before,” admitted “RuPaul’s Drag Race” vet Trixie Mattel, who stars in the documentary “Moving Parts.” “It’s supposed to be [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Russ Tamblyn's Career Had Legs After Childhood

    With an acting career that spans work for Cecil B. DeMille and Joseph Losey to Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch, Russ Tamblyn’s creativity and longevity is proof that there’s life after child stardom. In Tamblyn’s case, there’s also been a bounty of juicy film and TV roles long after his legendary legs no longer kicked [...]

  • Olivia Wilde Booksmart Director

    Film News Roundup: Olivia Wilde to Direct Holiday Comedy for Universal

    In today’s film news roundup, Olivia Wilde has landed another directing gig following “Booksmart” and revenge thriller “Seaside” and “Woodstock: The Directors Cut” get August release dates. PROJECT LAUNCH Olivia Wilde will direct and produce an untitled holiday comedy project for Universal Pictures with her “Booksmart” partner Katie Silberman. Universal outbid five other studios for [...]

  • Choas Charles Mansion and the CIA

    Amazon Studios Takes Film Rights to Manson-Centered Drama 'Chaos' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the grisly murders executed by the followers of Charles Manson, Amazon Studios has optioned film rights to a nonfiction title about a journalist who spent decades obsessively following the case. The studio will adapt “Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties,” from [...]

  • Sword of Trust

    Marc Maron on 'Sword of Trust,' Lynn Shelton and Conspiracy Theories

    Marc Maron has interviewed everyone from Bruce Springsteen to President Obama, so he’s probably learned a few things about being a good interview. Of course, as he points out, he generally has over an hour to talk leisurely speak with his guests in his home and draw out stories beyond the public narrative; it’s a [...]

  • Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The

    Andrew Lincoln's ‘Walking Dead’ Movies to Be Released Only in Theaters

    The first planned movie centered on “The Walking Dead” character Rick Grimes will now run in theaters rather than on AMC. The announcement was made with a brief teaser video played at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, with the video ending with the words “Only in Theaters.” The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content