Latido picks up Argentinean film from Oscar winning team
by Annika Pham
19/05/2012 - The Spanish sales company Latido Film Sales that handled the 2010 Oscar winning film The Secret in Their Eyes [trailer], has just picked up Thesis on a Homicide from the same production team Haddock Films (Argentina), and Spain’s co-producer Tornasol Films. Argentine actor Ricardo Darín (photo) who had the lead role in The Secret in their Eyes also stars in this new thriller, next to Alberto Ammann (Goya Best Actor for Celda 211 [trailer, film focus]). Hernán Goldfrid’s second feature will be released in Spain in 2013 by Alta Films.
Juan Torres, responsible for Sales & Acquisitions at Latido broke out the news yesterday to Cineuropa from his Booth A5 at the Market’s Riviera exhibition space. He pointed out two other projects that are attracting buyers’ attention in Cannes: the 3D documentary Grazing the Sky by Horacio Alcalá, focusing on five trapeze artists who dream of becoming professionals. “This is the first time the famous Cirque du Soleil has allowed cameras to film their troupe,” says Torres. The film will be ready in the autumn. Hold Up by Eduard Cortés is a Spanish dramatic comedy about a true heist that involved Eva Peron’s jewels. The cast includes Guillermo Francella (The Secret of Their Eyes) and Nicolás Cabré (Tres de Corazón). The €5m film is produced by Pedro Costa, Gerardo Herrero and Luis Alberto Scalella.
“If you got the right films, buyers are coming in very early and very fast,” says Torres. The pre-buy market had calmed down during 2008-2010 when the crisis was at its peak, but over the last two years buyers have become more aggressive”. “Also, Latin America is very hot these days, not only Argentina, Mexico, but also Colombia and Chile, and buyers that look for Spanish speaking films are very loyal to us”, says Torres. Among the latest successful Latin American titles on Latido’s slate is Violeta Went to Heaven about Chilean-songwriter Violeta Parra that won the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize this year. The film screening at the market has already been sold to several territories such as Germany (Arsenal) and Benelux (Cinemien). Other titles screening in Cannes include the Argentinean film From Tuesday to Tuesday, Spanish/Brazilian The Sex of the Angels [trailer, film focus], Spanish/Lithuanian thriller Frozen Silence [trailer, film focus] by Gerardo Herrero and Spanish drama All is Silence by José Luis Cuerda.