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March 16th, 2012
Outsider Pictures Acquires U.S. Theatrical Rights To Touching Drama Las Acacias at 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival
Film Marks Second MIFF Acquisition by Santa Monica, CA-based Distributor
Miami, FL — Outsider Pictures today announced the acquisition of Pablo Giorgelli’s Las Acacias from French-based international film sales and distribution company Urban Distribution International, for US theatrical distribution in the United States.
The deal was announced via the Industry Office of the 29th annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC). Las Acacias was screened as part of MIFF’s new category, the Lexus Ibero-American Opera-Prima Competition.
“We’re excited to add this award winning story from this promising director to our catalogue of films,” said Paul Hudson, co-founder of Outsider Pictures. “This beautiful cinematic cross-country tour of Argentina is touching and we are sure it will resonate with audiences.”
“Outsider Pictures has superb instincts in acquiring intriguing, high-quality Latin American films for the U.S. market ,” said MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante. “I am certain that Pablo Giorgelli’s beautifully realized labor of love will be a success for Outsider. ”
Already a winner of major prizes at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (Camera d’Or
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for Best First Film) and the Latin Horizons prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Giorgelli’s film unfolds along the highway linking Asunción to Buenos Aires, which trucker Rubén is accustomed to traveling solo. This time, however, he’s got a passenger, Jacinta, and a road full of revelations on the horizon. Giorgelli’s film was co-produced by Buenos Aires-based companies AIRECINE and Utópica Cine, along with Armonika Entertainment from Spain.
The deal was negotiated by Hudson and Urban Distribution’s Eric Schnedecker.
Las Acacias is the second film acquired by Outsider Pictures in the MIFF line-up. As previously announced, Outsider picked up MIFF’s Lexus Audience Award winner Juan of The Dead, just prior to the Festival.
Outsider Pictures is a producer, distributor and Sales Agent, with a special focus in distribution and production on Latin America. Over the last past 3 years the company has released Juan of the Dead, El Nido Vacio, Dos Hermanos, Del Amor y Otros Demonios, El Vuelco del Cangrejo and Jose & Pilar and continues to actively search for the best in Latin American cinema.
Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013, is considered the preeminent Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema have made the Miami International Film Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent. Additionally, the Festival offers unparalleled educational opportunities to filmmakers and the community at large. For more, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-MIFF (3456). Major sponsors of the 2012 Miami International Film Festival include: Lexus, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority, FPL, EGEDA, Downtown Development Authority of the City of Miami, Comcast, Miami New Times, The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building, ABC Management Services, Screen International and the City of Miami Beach. The official headquarter hotel of MIFF 2012 is The Standard Spa, Miami; and the Festival is produced with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
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