FilmSharks International, a Buenos Aires-based sales and production company, has signed several agreements with South Korea, France and Italy in recent days.
South Korean indie film distributor Blueable Pictures has taken away all rights to the erotic thriller “Bandit Love” and plans to release a wide-ranging theater. It also snatched the rights to Uruguay’s supernatural erotic comedy “Ghosting Gloria”, which FilmSharks snatched all sales and remake rights in June last year.
“FilmSharks brings the best films from South America to every market; I will continue to introduce such an outstanding and dynamic South American film to the Korean audience, ”said One Young Choi of Bluebell.
Separately, Laon-i Distribution, one of the most active Korean buyers of Asian and genre titles, has acquired all the Korean rights to FilmShark’s Argentine sci-fi horror title, “Virtual Reality”, after the world premiere at Puchan International. Festival (Piffan) before and before the European premiere at the most prestigious fantasy film festival in Spain, Sitges, in October. It also snatched the rights to another FilmSharks title, the Mexican box office hit “Come Play With Me”. Supernatural horror film made by Mexican Videsin and Lemon Film.
Directed by Hernan Findling, “Virtual Reality” launches a group of actors and crew when they meet at their director’s house to see the first cut of the film they’ve just worked on. However, they soon learn that the director has entered into a fast-paced deal with an AI program that will guarantee its success but put their lives in grave danger. FilmSharks sold it to a senior color film for a theatrical release in Colombia in February next year.
Guido Rudd, founder and CEO of FilmSharks, said: “Several genres are very much alive for sale worldwide, but there is a huge appetite for quality genres like horror, suspense and thriller.”
On the old continent, Europe’s first fully integrated indie media company, Koch Media, the football icon, Diego Maradona, acquired all Italian rights to the documentary about “The Death of God”, for which FilmSharks snatched worldwide sales rights at Berlinale. Doc paints a picture of the impact of superstardom on the legendary player as he progressed to more destructive behavior and gave birth to 10 illegitimate children, some of which he never acknowledged.
A pan-Latin American deal for Doc with one of the world’s largest entertainment companies has been locked and will be released soon, Rudd said, adding that negotiations with buyers from the United States and other key regions are also underway.
Meanwhile, Koba Films has taken all the rights to French-speaking Europe’s Ron Marcos Prado’s “Macabre”, one of the biggest suspense thrillers to shoot in Latin America. It is supported by the producer of “Elite Squad”, Jazen Prods of Brazil, the director of “Elite Squad” Jos Padilha and the production company of Prado. “Macabre” was co-produced by Disney / Fox Brazil, Globo Films and Sao Paulo-based Querusin Films. The crime thriller is based on the true story of the Necrophil brothers who went on to murder women in Brazil in the 1990s.