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BERLIN 2006 Market

Latido’s slate welcomed by distributors


Madrid-based Latido Sales, headed by Massimo Saidel, has had a busy Berlin market with sales across its slate and particular critical attention focused on its Panorama title Heaven’s Doors by Moroccan/Spanish directors Swel and Imad Noury.

In their eye-catching debut feature, the Noury brothers – sons of the Spanish producer of Moroccan films Pilar Cazorla and of Hakim Noury, Morocco’s most famous director – create a hot-headed world of petty crime in which three different lives collide. Filmed in Spanish and produced by Cazorla, the film was very well received in Berlin and a German deal is in negotiations. Latido will handle the directors’ next project, Comanches, about Colombian mafia and drug trafficking in Madrid.

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The sales consortium backed by Spanish production trio Zebra Producciones, Tornasol Films and Continental Producciones continued to do brisk business on two-time Goya winner El Métodoby Marcelo Piñero. The Spanish/Italian/Argentinean co-production was sold to France (CTV), Brazil and Chile.

Viva Cuba, the coming-of-age story by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti and Cuba’s official candidate for the 2006 Oscars, was sold to Canada, Benelux (Victory) and France ( Epicentre), where it will be released in June.

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(Inconscientes) was sold to Maiden Voyage in the UK and Colifilm in France, and Blessed By Fire (Illuminados por el fuego), the multi-award-winning Spanish/Argentinean film by Tristán Bauer about the Falklands War was sold to Benelux (Victory), with deals pending for France and Japan.

In Cannes, Latido will be launching the new film by Cesc Gay (Krampack) and will continue pre-sales on Maria Ripoll’s Spanish romance Your Life in ’65 and The Education of a Fairy, Jose Luis Cuerda’s new film starring Irene Jacob, a co-production with France’s Lazennec Films.

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