AFM: Studiocanal Takes ‘Violin Teacher’ for U.K

Sale on Locarno Fest closer adds to deals with Fox, Gaga, SquareOne

Studiocanal has closed U.K. rights to Sergio Machado’s “The Violin Teacher,” the 2015 Locarno Fest closer, adding to distribution pacts on “Teacher” with Fox for Latin America, SquareOne for German-speaking territories, Gaga for Japan, France’s Jour2Fete, Caramel Films for Spain and Academy Two in Italy.

Produced by Brazil’s Gullane Filmes the company behind Sundance 2015’s lead actress winner “The Second Mother,” Brazil’s entry in the Oscar foreign-language race, and co-produced by Fox. Intl. Productions (FIP) and sold by Berlin’s Films Boutique, “The Violin Teacher” will be released Dec. 3 by Fox in Brazil on at least 300 screens.

Deal for the U.K. was closed by Louis Balsan, Films Boutique sales head and Alison Meese, Studiocanal head of U.K. acquisitions. Films Boutique is now receiving offers of interest from the U.S. and Asia, said Films Boutique CEO-partner Jean-Christophe Simon.

Screening at Locarno’s Piazza Grande, with Xenix Fims handling its Swiss release, “Violin Teacher” has also closed Portugal (Fox), Turkey (Filmarti) and Greece (Danaos).

“Violin Teacher” turns on a talented violinist teaching teens music in Heliopolis, Sao Paulo’s biggest favela. Winner of the Sao Paolo Fest Audience Award last month, “Violin Teacher” will be screened Nov. 7 in Heliopolis where it was shot and where 3,000-plus  people are expected today for the free-of-charge event.

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