Berlin: Music Box Buys American Rights to ‘Critico’

Spanish-language pic set for theatrical release later this year

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Music Box Films has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Hernan Guerschuny’s post-modern homage to film criticism “El Critico.”

The Argentine-Chilean pic follows a world-weary Buenos Aires film critic who prefers to think in French and eschews romantic cliches until he finds himself living one. Pic marks the directorial debut of Guerschuny, a former film critic and co-founder of Argentina’s Haciendo Cine (Filmmaking) magazine.

The first feature produced by HC Films, “El Critico” played at various festivals including Sao Paulo and the AFI Latin American film fests. It’s the latest addition to Music Box Films’ slate of Spanish-language titles, which includes “The Torrente Package,” based on Spain’s blockbusting comedy franchise.

“ ‘El Critico really charmed us with its dual appeal,” said Music Box Films’ managing director Ed Arentz. “On the one hand, it’s a brilliant, meta nod to the world of film criticism, and on the other — a genuinely engaging, entertaining romantic comedy. It offers something special for film lovers of all varieties.”

Music Box Films plans a theatrical roll-out at the end of the year, followed by a release on home-entertainment platforms.

Deal was negotiated by Pablo Udenio, CEO of HC Films, and William Schopf, Music Box Films’ prexy.