Madrid-based Latido Films has closed high-profile deals on two flagship titles, licensing Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Toronto-San Sebastian player “The Realm” to China’s Heyday, Rialto for Australia and the U.K.’s Signature Entertainment, as well as selling Spain’s Oscar submission “Champions” to Japan’s Synca Creations.
The sales mark part of a score or more new territory deals confirmed or near to fruition as Latido hits this week’s American Film Market, having already announced near 3o territory sales off Cannes, Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian.
They also reflect the move by foreign-language directors towards ever more crossover titles, combining social issues and mainstream entertainment tropes.
An expose of political corruption, “The Realm” is also and more immediately a full-on thriller as a always on the move and very soon on the run politician seeks to save his skin and wreak revenge after taking the wrap for multiple scams.
“It’s a kind of gangster revenge movie, transposing the world of gangsters to a universe of corrupt politicians,” said Latido head Antonio Saura.
Spain’s biggest Spanish box office hit of 2018, earning $22.2 million at cinemas, “Champions” turns on a top-notch assistant basketball coach sentenced to social work: Knocking into shape a basketball team made up of special-needs players. The sentence proves his salvation.
The Synca Creations accord also takes in “Ni Distintos, ni diferentes: Campeones,” Alvaro Longoria’s docu-feature profile of the special needs actors starring in “Champions.”
In further sales deals, playing off a strong line in both crossover movies from name directors and first features from standout women directors, Latido has licensed Colombian Laura Mora’s revenge thriller “Killing Jesus” to France’s Bobine Films and Germany’s Waystone Film. HBO Eastern Europe has acquired Roma lesbian couple drama “Carmen & Lola,” directed by Arantxa Echevarría, which screened in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, as well as “Champions” and Gaston Duprat’s Venice-selected art world dramedy “My Masterpiece.”
Germany’s Atlas Film has picked up Andrés Koppel’s murder mystery “Mist & the Maiden”; Taiwan’s H20 Media has pre-bought Mariano Cohn’s “4 x 4,” a big fest candidate for 2019.
Latido is backed by Tornasol Films, one of Spain’s biggest film producers, which has brought the sales company “The Realm” and Juan José Campanella’s upcoming “Weasels.”
“We have opened up to third-party company films, beyond our partners, and to comedies. A batch of movies are performing very well. We are firing on multiple cylinders,” said Latido Films head Antonio Saura, calling 2018 Latido’s “best year ever.”
“This year, we’ve been firing on multiple cylinders. A batch of movies are performing very well indeed.”