Latido handling sales for The Realm at Toronto and San Sebastián
by Alfonso Rivera
- The Spanish sales agent is coming out with all guns blazing during the festival season now under way, with Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s political thriller spearheading its tantalising catalogue
“This film is so powerful that it’s already been sold to France, Italy, Greece, Taiwan and China, but when it meets audiences at the Toronto and San Sebastián Film Festivals, it will have an even stronger impact,” asserts Antonio Saura, of Latido Films, referring to one of the star titles in the catalogue of the Madrid-based agency that he manages, backed up by Juan Torres and Óscar Alonso. The title in question is the Spanish-French co-production The Realm [+see also:
interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isabel P…
film profile], the third feature by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, following his previous effort, May God Save Us [+see also:
interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
film profile], which enjoyed immense international success. Now, Antonio de la Torre and Mónica López have once again been working with the filmmaker on a nail-biting thriller about political corruption, which also stars Ana Wagener and Bárbara Lennie.
But the Venice Film Festival has also left a pleasant taste in Latido Films’ mouth, as another one of the outstanding titles on its slate, My Masterpiece [+see also:
interview: Gastón Duprat
film profile], packed out all of its screenings, with some people unable to gain entry to theatres to watch it. This scathing film poking fun at the art world, directed by Gastón Duprat (The Distinguished Citizen [+see also:
film profile]) and produced by Argentina and Spain (Mediapro), will be released imminently in theatres in China, Russia, France, Italy, Greece, Taiwan and Switzerland.
China, France, Switzerland and Italy, in addition to Germany and Belgium (for the time being), have also acquired another Spanish title (co-produced with France, Argentina and Uruguay) that has proven to be a resounding success on the Lido: A Twelve-Year Night [+see also:
interview: Álvaro Brechner
film profile], the third feature by Álvaro Brechner, again with Antonio de la Torre in a leading role, flanked by Chino Darín and Alfonso Tort: “It was the most impressive ovation I’ve ever witnessed,” admits Saura, referring to the end of the world-premiere screening. “But the thing is that the same thing happened with the press conference, and then the audience chased the film team around to congratulate them, because although it tackles a tough subject matter, it contains hope and emotion – so much so that many of us will cry while watching it.”
Lastly, this spectacular kick-off for the line-up of films being handled by Latido Films will be further bolstered at the impending 66th San Sebastián Film Festival, where the firm’s team will be managing the sales for the aforementioned The Realm, which is competing in the official section, and A Twelve-Year Night, which will be shown in Horizontes Latinos. In addition, they will also be touting Dantza [+see also:
interview: Telmo Esnal
film profile], a beautiful documentary by Telmo Esnal that will be shown as a special screening; another non-fiction film, Jaén, virgen & extra by José Luis López-Linares, which audiences will be able to savour in the Culinary Zinema sidebar; while in the Velodrome, viewers will be able to both laugh and shed a tear with the box-office smash Champions [+see also:
film profile] (which has already raked in €18 million in Spain) and the documentary that Álvaro Longoria (The Propaganda Game [+see also:
interview: Álvaro Longoria
film profile]) filmed about its protagonists, Ni distintos ni diferentes: Campeones.
(Translated from Spanish)
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