Pablo Trapero’s crime thriller “The Clan,” which unspools in the Venice competition Sunday, continues to pummel all-time box office records for Argentine movies, grossing an extraordinary $13 million in three weeks off an Aug. 13 bow in its native Argentina, where it is distributed by Twentieth Century Fox.
In international, Twentieth Century Fox has acquired rights to all Latin America, while Warner Bros. Pictures Espana will distribute “The Clan” in Spain. Sales agent Film Factory Entertainment has closed Germany (Prokino), France (Diaphana Distribution) and Australia (Vendetta).
Inspired by real events in the 1980s, “The Clan” stars Guillermo Francella (“The Secret in Their Eyes,” “Heart of a Lion”), one of Argentina’s biggest marquee draws, as Arquimedes Puccio, the patriarch of Clan Puccio, a well-heeled Buenos Aires family. It made its money abducting people from its own neighborhood, securing boffo ransoms, and then killing them.
“The most emotional thing for audiences may be the father-son relationship, and the family but the film also portrays and I think this could have international resonance — how a family kidnaps and murders people with sustained impunity. Arquimedes Puccio was first prosecuted for kidnapping in 1973, but exonerated,” Trapero said at the Venice festival.
Produced by Argentina’s K & S Films, Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo, Telefe/Telefonica Studios — who all teamed on Argentine hit “Wild Tales” — and Fox Intl. Prods., “The Clan” also reps another step up in scale for Trapero, who had a bigger budget for the period piece, that included bigger action scenes and multiple vfx in post-production.
The large question is of course whether “The Clan” can cross over to international. So far it has ticked the right boxes.