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Latido Adds Ripstein, Recha to Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Ripstein’s ‘Bleak Street’ plays Venice, Recha’s ‘Perfect Day to Fly’ competes at San Sebastian.

Positioning itself as one of the main vendors of Latino cinemas in general and Mexican and Spanish cinema in particular, Madrid-based Latido Films has acquired world sales rights to Arturo Ripstein’s “La calle de la amargura” (Bleak Street), which plays out of competition at the Venice Festival.

Latido has also swooped in on Marc Recha’s “A Perfect Day to Fly,” which world premieres in competition at the San Sebastian film fest.

Ripstein, one of the world’s most resilient auteurs, will be honored at the Venice festival with a Biennale Award to celebrate his career.

“Bleak Street” re-creates a real-life crime that occurred in 2009, when two prostitutes accidentally killed two wrestlers on the Mini Estrella circuit. Shot in black and white, “Bleak Street” is a “heartrending crime story, written with stark tenderness by Alicia Paz Garciadiego,” said Antonio Saura, Latido Films CEO.

“A beautiful fable,” Saura said, “Perfect Day” stars Sergi Lopez (“Pan’s Labyrinth”). Recha has previously competed at Cannes with “Pau and his Brother.”

Ripstein’s “Bleak Street,” which will also play Toronto’s Masters section, marks the third high-profile Mexican pick-up this year for Latido.

In Cannes, Latido announced it is handling Celso Garcia’s “The Thin Yellow Line,” produced by Guillermo del Toro. It moved to acquire Locarno competition player “I Promise You Anarchy,” from Julio Hernandez Colon, reckoned by many to be his best film to date.

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