SAN SEBASTIAN -- Gullane, Brazil’s biggest movie production house, has closed deals with Fox, Warner Bros., Turner, director Walter Salles (“The Motocycle Diaries”) and Germany’s The Match Factory.This decade, Gullane could put in a good claim to be the most successful and biggest movie production house in Brazil. Headed by brothers Fabiano and Ciao Gullane, it has 13 films in development or production. In 2015, Gullane produced Brazil’s biggest recent international arthouse hit - Sundance winner “The Second Mother.” From...
Brazilian film production usually splits down the middle between local blockbuster specialists and boutique arthouse devotees. A content agnostic, the dashing Fabiano Gullane has straddled the divide, growing Gullane, the company he founded with brother Ciao out of the back of a Sao Paulo van in 1996, into Brazil’s biggest movie production house.
On fire in 2015, Gullane produced Brazil’s most-notable recent international arthouse hit, Sundance winner “The Second Mother.” From 2012, three installments of Gullane’s “Till Luck Do Us Part” earns a combined $46.6 million in Brazil, becoming its biggest comedy movie franchise ever.
A frequent Hollywood studio production partner, Gullane is also driving industry diversification, backing young genre-edged auteurs such as Fernando Coimbra (“A Wolf at a Door”), backing animation (2013 Annecy winner “Rio 2096”) and English-language production (Karim Ainouz’s upcoming Japan-set action drama “Neon River”).
Now assaying higher-end TV production, teaming with Turner Brasil on a Walter Salles-directed fiction TV series inspired by boxer Avelino Freitas, Gullane’s major challenge is still to make movies which run up substantial box office in and outside Brazil. The latest candidate: “The Morning King,” from “City of God” editor Daniel Rezende, which should hit festivals first half 2017.