SAN SEBASTIAN — Paradiso Distribution has taken all U.S. rights on “Gilda, no me arrepiento de este amor” (I Am Gilda, The Latin Music Saint), Guido Rud, CEO of its sales agent, FilmSharks Intl., announced at San Sebastian.
Headed by CEO Alejandro Suaya, Paradiso will release “Gilda” theatrically during the first quarter of 2017. Paradiso is a new company co-owned by Miami-based Rola Entertainment, which occasionally distributes Warner Bros. features in Latin America.
Disney’s Buena Vsta Intl. distributes in Latin America. “Gilda” stars Uruguay-born Natalia Oreiro who headlined Lucia Puenzo’s “The German Doctor” and Benjamin Ávila’s “Clandestine Childhood.” The movie is inspired by singer Míriam Alejandra Bianchi a Buenos Aires-born kindergarden teacher who gave up everything to achieve her dream of becoming a singer superstar. She did just that, but died tragically in a traffic accident at 34. Talented, charismatic, Bianchi also composed, adopting the stage name of Gilda, due to her femme fatale look.
Bowing in Argentina on Sept. 15 via Buena Vista, “Gilda” topped Argentina’s box office chart, registering 225,229 admissions in its first four days.
Directed by Lorena Muñoz (“Next to be Gone”), who co-wrote the screenplay with Tamara Viñes, “Gilda” is produced by Buenos Aires-based Habitacion 1520 Producciones –the shingle headed up by Muñoz and partners Benjamin Avila and Maximiliano Dubois. Telefe and Direct TV Latin America are also backing the movie. Habitacion 1520 Producciones produced Avila’s Cannes sales hit “Clandestine Childhood.” which went on to become Argentina’s foreign-language Oscar entry.
“Gilda” has been recently sold for Central America (Palmera), for Chile, Perú, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador (Rola Entertainment), and Israel (Dori Media). Movie was pre-bought by Buena Vista Intl. for South America during the past Cannes fest.
CIS, Eastern Europe and the Middle East are under discussions, according to FilmSharks’ Rud. Actress and singer Oreiro enjoys a strong presence in these territories.
“Gilda”’s music album was released last week by Sony Music and rapidly rose to a No. 2 position in i-Tunes Latin America ranking. Oreiro sings all the movie’s songs. Live concerts in Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe are set for third quarter 2016 and first quarter 2017.
“The film has all the right elements for a strong international appeal and to grab attention at festivals. It’s a music-driven film about female empowerment, the tough road to success, and love and tragedy with the highest production values,” Rud told Variety