Paris-Based Loco Films Launched, Sets Lerman’s ‘La Casa’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Laurent Danielou, who co-founded and ran Rezo Films Intl. for a decade, is teaming with Enrique Gonzalez Kuhn, the boss of Spanish indie distrib Caramel, to launch Loco Films, a new Paris-based sales company dedicated to world cinema and upscale series.

The company has acquired “La Casa,” a cinematic series directed by Diego Lerman (“Refugiado”), which comprises 13 stories spanning more than 130 years,  from the beginning of the 20th century until 2029, all taking place in one house.

Loco Films is hosting a market screening for the series on Saturday. Danielou told Variety the series will likely world premiere at a fall festival. “It’s the first series of that scale to come out of Latin America,” pointed out Danielou.

Loco Films has also come on board Valery Todorovsky’s “Bolshoi,” which is currently lensing on location at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Todorovsky previously directed festival players such as “Hipsters” and “The Lover.” One of Russia’s biggest-budgeted movies, the 10 million euro ($11.3 million) pic chronicles 10 years in the life Yulia, a country girl who leaves her mining village to become a dancer at the famed ballet.

Featuring music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and lavish costumes, the movie has attracted a strong key crew including Sergey Mikhalchuk, who won the cinematographer nod (shared with Evgeniy Privin) for Berlin-preeming “Under Electric Clouds.” Pic will be delivered in spring 2016.

Gonzalez Kuhn previously headed acquisitions for Spain’s Alta Films, which shut down in 2013. His outfit Caramel has released notable arthouse hits, notably Oscar-winning “Ida,” “The Salt of the Earth” and “Hippocrate” in Spain.

At Rezo, Danielou handled co-productions, acquisition and international sales on movies such as “Two Days in Paris” and “Two Days in New York” as well as “Frozen River.” He also headed the guild of French sales agents, ADEF, for four years.

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