Driving into two of Mexico’s biggest 2014 hits, or one of its biggest B.O. plays for 2015, Marina Fuentes’ 6 Sales has acquired international sales rights to “Gloria,” an upcoming U.S. release by Bob Berney’s Picturehouse. Universal Pictures Intl. (UPI) has already picked up for Latin America.
6 Sales has also acquired scarefare hit “Darker than the Night 3D,” and “Cantinflas” which, distributed by Pantelion, and punching $6.4 million Stateside, is currently the highest-grossing foreign-language film in the U.S. this year.
UPI’s will release “Gloria” on around 1,000 screen bow on Jan. 1 in Mexico. Picturehouse’s release is scheduled for first quarter 2015.”Gloria” producers are Rio’s Negro’s Matthias Ehrenberg, one of Mexico’s most established new wave producers, plus Rio Negro partner Ricardo Kleinbaum, Barrie M. Osbourne (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Alan B. Curtiss (“Master and Commander”) and pic’s director Christian Keller,
“Gloria” stars Sofia Espinosa, co-writer and femme-lead of Max Zunino’s “Open Cage,” in an account of the defining moments in the rollercoaster life of a Gloria Trevi, sometimes called the “Mexican Madonna, who sold 20 million records. Discovered by manager Sergio Andrade at the age of 16, catapulted to fame, hits number ones with albums strong on both sexual provocation while riling the establishment with her and social critiques.
Having lost a daughter, she was charged with luring young girls into a cult-like pornographic ring, fled to Brazil, where she was arrested and spent nearly five years in jail, became pregnant, was cleared of charges and released. Her 2012 album “Gloria” once more topped Mexican charts. “Gloria” world premiered at this month’s Morelia Film Festival in Mexico.
“It’s a powerful recount on fame and how difficult it is to control, its other side,” said 6 Sales founder Marina Fuentes.
Taking in “Rosario Tijeras” and “La otra familia,” Fuentes’ relationship with Ehrenberg goes back to one of his earliest films as a producer, 1999 breakout hit “Sex, Shame and Tears,” which Spain’s Lola Films, where she then served as head of sales, co-produced and distributed.
With “Gloria,” 6 Sales is now selling three of the biggest titles now coming out of Mexico.
Screened as a 3D promo at Cannes and now having its market premiere at the American Film Market, Henry Bedwell’s teen shockfest “Darker Than Night 3D” has grossed $5.2 million in Mexico. In it first major international sale, Big Movie has acquired rights to Russia and CIS territories. “Darker Than Night” received a surprise screening at the Sitges Festival.
6 Sales also acquired Mexican Foreign-Language Oscar submission “Cantinflas” off its world premiere this March’s at the Guadalajara Festival.
Helmed by Mexico’s Sebastián del Amo, the account of how Broadway producer Mike Todd and the Mexican comic (Oscar Jaenada, in a widely praised performance), unlikely professional partners, teamed to make Academy Award best picture winner “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Cantinflas” has currently run up $9.5 million at the Mexican box office, making it the second highest-grossing Mexican movie of the year in Mexico.