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Mr Bongo to play ‘Tropicalia’ in U.K.

Wide sells 'Approved for Adoption'

PARIS — Rotterdam player “Tropicalia,” Marcelo Machado’s portrait of the 60s Brazilian music-art movement, has been acquired by Mr Bongo Worldwide for all-rights distribution in the U.K.. The outfit, run by an independent record label, is planning a theatrical release in May.

Doc is repped by Wide House, the documentary banner of Loic Magneron’s Wide Management.

Wide House’s managing director Anais Clanet has also sold “Approved for Adoption,” Jung Henin and Laurent Boileau’s hybrid live-action/animation documentary, to South Korea (Miru Pictures) and China for DVD and TV distribution (Champ Lis); and inked another deal with China’s Champ Lis on critically-acclaimed doc “Bergman and Magnani: The War of Volcanoes” — which played at Toronto and Venice, among other fests — for TV and DVD distribution.

“Adoption,” which won the audience and Unicef nods at Annecy festival, will be released Stateside by Rainbow World.

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Clanet said “Adoption’s” is expected to bow in theaters in South Korea and the U.S. this spring.

Meanwhile, Wide Management has sold Alain Minier’s “Jo’s Neighborhood,” starring Olivier Marchal (“Braquo”) as an ex-con struggling to reclaim his life, to Turkey (Kurmaca Film) and Scandinavia (Another World) Entertainment following the Unifrance Rendez-Vous mart screening in Paris. Clementine Hugot, head of international sales, said she was closing a deal in Belgium.

In the run-up to Berlin, Wide House has acquired “My Father and the Man In Black,” a docu directed by Jonathan Holiff, the son of Johnny Cash’s longtime manager, and produced by New Chapter Prods. Pulling from his father’s audiotaped journals and exclusive archives, Holiff’s docu provides an intimate look at Cash in the 60s and 70s.

At Berlin, Wide House will also shop Jean-Paul Jaud’s investigative docu “All of Us Guinea Pigs” and Petra Costa’s cinematic melodrama “Elena, Sons of the Wind,” about the filmmaker’s search for her actress sister in New York.

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