Ventana Sur: FilmSharks Rolls Out ‘No Kids’ as an Original Movie and Remake (EXCLUSIVE)

Argentine romcom sells for Italian distribution, seals French remake deal

No Kids - Maribel Verdu
Courtesy of FilmSharks Intl

BUENOS AIRES – Rome-based Microcinema Distribuzione has joined HBO (North America), Buena Vista Intl. (most of South America) and Spain’s Syldavia Films on the list of major territory sales for Argentine Ariel Winograd’s “No Kids,” the latest comedy produced by Argentina’s Disney-backed Patagonik, teaming with Academy Award winner Tornasol (“The Secret in Their Eyes”).

Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires based FilmSharks Intl. clinched the sales, announcing them at this week’s Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires, where “No Kids” is a Thursday screening highlight.

BVI has also acquired Latin American TV/VOD rights. Proof that it is not only French comedies that are crossing borders, as original movies or via remake sales, in new business, France’s Albertine Productions, in association with Selective Films, has taken the Gallic remake rights to “No Kids.”

In reported sales, “No Kids” has sold to Paris Filmes, Brazil’s biggest distributor, majors included, in 2012. It has also closed Mexico (Corazon Films), Greece (Tanwee), Chile Peru, Ecuador (Cinecolor), Colombia (Procinal), and Central America/Caribbean (Palmera Films).

In remake deals, Colorado Films has optioned Italy, Elisa Salinas Mexico. Per FilmSharks’ Guido Rud, a U.S. studio will shortly announce it has taken Indian redo rights. U.S. German and Korean revamps are in advanced negotiations.

Straight distribution deals for Germany, U.K. and Australia are now under discussion as well.

In Argentina, “No Kids” has grossed $2.8 million, selling near 500,000 admissions, from a May 14 bow, making it the third highest-grossing Argentine film at hometurf theaters in 2015. But it’s also clocking up tidy business abroad, in distribution sales and local makeover pacts. That may reflect the crossover nature of the original movie. “No Kids” stars Argentine Diego Peretti (“The German Doctor”) playing a divorcee who only thinks about looking after his daughter; until he meets the love of his life (Spain’s Maribel Verdu, “Y tu mama tambien”). Movie is high-concept:, encouraging remakes: She’s a fanatical advocate of childfree living. But that premise is sufficiently thought-provoking and Peretti and Verdu sufficient marquee draws to give the original sales traction, especially across the Latin world.