Miami-based Cisneros Media Distribution (CMD) has snagged exclusive worldwide representation rights to the award-winning slate of Brazil’s first family of cinema, the Barreto clan. Deal follows a similar pact recently unveiled at the L.A. Screenings with Brazilian indie production powerhouse, Medialand.
“We are extremely proud to represent these unique work of art that reflect so many different times of Brazilian cinema,” said Marcello Coltro, executive VP of Cisneros Media Distribution. “The Barreto family members – Luiz Carlos and Lucy and their children, Bruno, Fabio and Paula – are internationally renowned for having produced, written, directed and filmed movies that have received many awards and a vast gallery of fans in the globe,” said Coltro, who is also Brazilian.
Among the gems in the Barreto catalog is “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands,” helmed by Bruno Barreto and produced by his parents. Starring Sonia Braga, “Dona Flor” topped Brazil’s box office ranking for 35 years, and was only unseated by Jose Padilha’s “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” in 2010.
Other notable titles include Fabio Barreto’s ambitious biopic about former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ da Silva, “Lula, Son of Brazil,” romantic comedy “Bossa Nova” and political drama “Memoirs of Prison.” “They have won prizes at Cannes, been nominated for Academy Awards, jump-started the careers of actors and directors, and set box-office records,” said Coltro of the Barretos.
“For LCBarreto, it’s an honor to have our catalog represented by Cisneros Media Distribution and it’s a huge pleasure to work again with such an excellent professional like Marcello Coltro,” said Lucy Barreto, who is in Montevideo, Uruguay for the location shoot of their latest pic “A Paixao Segundo Joao,” which tracks the life of acclaimed Brazilian pianist Joao Carlos Martins, considered one of the best interpreters of Bach.
CMD’s representation deal with Medialand encompasses worldwide rights for broadcast, pay TV, VOD, and theatrical for the shingle’s 600-hour-plus catalog of film and TV content. Standout titles include “Elite Police Force” (5 x 60’); “Rescue S.O.S.” (26 x 30’); “Police” (35 x 45’) and “Homicide Division” (23 x 60’).