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CANNES 2020 Marché du Film

Latido Films handling international sales for Born a King

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- The latest film by Majorcan helmer Agustí Villaronga, the first to be shot in Saudi Arabia in the last few decades, is a historical tale co-produced with the UK and Spain

Latido Films handling international sales for Born a King
Born a King by Agustí Villaronga

At the Marché du Film of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, which is being held online this week, the Spanish-UK-Saudi Arabian co-production Born a King [+see also:
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seems to be piquing a great deal of interest. This historical reconstruction was shot by Agustí Villaronga in Saudi Arabia, a country that had previously been closed off to cinema for 50 years. The movie tells the story of how 13-year-old Faisal travels to London on a diplomatic mission, after World War I, coming face to face with key figures from that time. Its international sales are being handled by Madrid-based sales agent Latido Films, headed up by Antonio Saura, one of the biggest companies when it comes to circulating Spanish and Spanish-language cinema all over the world. As luck would have it, yesterday there was a virtual meeting with the team behind the feature, where they discussed how Saudi Arabia is now enjoying a real boom in its audiovisual industry (the last screening of Born a King will take place at 5 pm on Friday 26 June, in Cinema from Spain).

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Other tantalising titles in Latido Films’ catalogue that have been doing the rounds at the Cannes Marché this year are La lista de los deseos [+see also:
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, a road movie by Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo, starring María León and Victoria Abril and set to land in freshly reopened Spanish cinemas on Friday 3 July (a screening will unspool at 10 am on 26 June, in the Cinema from Spain virtual pavilion); the black comedy Lavaperros, directed by Carlos Moreno and starring Christian Tappan (Narcos); the dystopian drama Numbers [+see also:
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(Ukraine/Poland/Czech Republic/France) by Oleg Sentsov, which took part in the most recent Berlinale; and A Thief’s Daughter [+see also:
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, the award-festooned feature debut by Catalan helmer Belén Funes, toplined by Eduard and Greta Fernández.

Standing out among the features that are soon to hit screens and are also part of Latido Films’ slate are Baby, the latest outing by the ever-impressive Spanish filmmaker Juanma Bajo Ulloa, starring Natalia Tena, Rosie Day and Harriet Sansom Harris (see the news); My Heart Goes Boom! [+see also:
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, a colourful musical by Nacho Álvarez, which is currently in post-production, drawing inspiration from the hits of Italian pop star Raffaella Carrà, toplined by Ingrid García-Jonsson and Verónica Echegui; the horror project Virus 32 by Gustavo Hernández; and the animated films Girl and Wolf by Roc Espinet, based on his own comic, and The Song of the Whales, to be helmed by Manuel Alejandro Victoria and Joan Manuel Millán Torres.

Antonio Saura states: “The Argentinian production The Heist of the Century, starring Diego Peretti and Guillermo Francella, has already inked deals with Japan, Russia, the UK, South Korea and Italy. The animated flick Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles [+see also:
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, which won the most recent Goya Award in its category, is also seeing some tremendous sales. The Dominican historical feature Hotel Coppelia by José María Cabral has been acquired for the USA and South Korea, and as for the LGBT drama Gunpowder Heart [+see also:
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(Guatemala/Spain) by Camila Urrutia, thanks to the momentum created by its participation in the online SXSW festival, we’ve been able to sign deals with the USA and Germany. Plus, the tense thriller 4x4 [+see also:
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(Spain/Argentina) by Mariano Cohn has been acquired for the USA.

“We’re also gradually signing more sales deals for the Argentinian-Uruguayan movie The Night of Alicia by Gastón Portal,” adds Saura. “The same goes for Relatos confinados, the film directed by first-timer Juan Diego Botto, Fernando Colomo, Miguel Bardem, David Marqués and Álvaro Fernández-Armero. There’s also a lot of interest being shown in everything that’s a remake and in the second instalment of the global smash hit The Platform [+see also:
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, and Un mundo normal, which marks a return to the director’s chair for Achero Mañas, starring Ernesto Alterio and Ruth Díaz (see the news), is selling like hotcakes.”

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(Translated from Spanish)

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