Latido takes Champions to the EFM
by Alfonso Rivera
- The Spanish international sales agent is handling the rights for Javier Fesser’s new film, which looks set to become a veritable cinematic phenomenon in the coming months
Champions [+see also:
film profile], which stars Javier Gutiérrez (the red-hot winner of the recent Goya Award for Best Lead Actor of 2017 for his turn in The Motive [+see also:
interview: Manuel Martín Cuenca
film profile]), is bound to be a box-office smash, given that it combines a love of sport with a healthy dose of comedy and the customary good cheer found in the works of the director of Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el cachondo [+see also:
film profile]. The movie produced by Morena Films and distributed in Spain by Universal, which has already been sold in France (Le Pacte), Germany (Concorde), Switzerland (Praesens), Italy (Movies Inspired) and as far afield as China (Joy Pictures), will be on show at the upcoming European Film Market, and its sales will be handled by Spanish sales agent Latido Films, which also has another premier-league film in its catalogue: the fantasy-drama When the Trees Fall [+see also:
interview: Marysia Nikitiuk
film profile], a co-production between Ukraine, Poland and Macedonia directed by Marysia Nikitiuk, which is taking part in the Panorama section of this year’s edition of the Berlinale.
Other co-productions being handled by Latido include: Mi obra maestra (Argentina/Spain), the new opus by Gastón Duprat (The Distinguished Citizen [+see also:
film profile]), starring Guillermo Francella and Raúl Arévalo; El reino (France/Spain) by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, starring Antonio de la Torre as a politician enveloped by a whirlwind of corruption (see the news); Memorias del calabozo (Spain/France/Argentina/Uruguay) by Álvaro Brechner, for which the same actor slimmed down dramatically to breathe life into Pepe Múgica (see the news); Ether (Poland/Ukraine/Hungary/Lithuania) by the great Krzysztof Zanussi (see the news); El último traje (Spain/Argentina) by Pablo Solarz, starring Ángela Molina and Miguel Ángel Solá; and the animated marvel Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles (Spain/Netherlands) by Salvador Simó, inspired by the filming of Land Without Bread, which is being supported by Eurimages.
Another animated title is Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas by Carlos Hernández, a film based on the creations of illustrator Paco Roca (see the news) and again toplined by Raúl Arévalo. There is also a documentary in the guise of Altamira: el origen del arte by José Luis López Linares (Bosch. The Garden of Dreams [+see also:
Lastly, three other titles stand out particularly in the catalogue of Latido, a company dedicated to promoting Spanish film beyond the Iberian Peninsula: the Colombian flick The Sacrifice by Jaime Osorio, the Argentinian documentary El mejor sommelier del mundo by Nicolás Carreras, and the Argentinian-Colombian co-production Killing Jesus by Laura Mora, which made a huge splash at the most recent Toronto, Chicago and San Sebastián Film Festivals, among others.
(Translated from Spanish)
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