Produced by Fabiano Gullane, Walter Salles and Globo Filmes, and unfolding to the strains of Bossa Nova, “Noah’s Ark” has closed brisk pre-sales for Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group (CMG) off a Berlin Festival launch.Those deals reflect the status of “Noah’s Ark” - directed by Sérgio Machado (“Lower City”) and with songs and lyrics by Bossa Nova legend Vinicius de Moraes - as both one of the biggest-budgeted of current Brazilian movies and a flagship of its vibrant animation sector,...
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.