MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Produced & Presented by Miami Dade College
For Immediate Release:
FRIDAY, March 23, 2012
Panorama Entertainment Acquires US Theatrical Rights to Cross-Cultural Comedy Chinese Take-Away out of the 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival
Argentina’s Home-Grown Box Office Hit held US Premiere at Festival’s Awards Night Gala
Miami, FL— Panorama Entertainment today announced the acquisition of Sebastián Borensztein’s Chinese Take-Away (Un cuento chino) from Spanish-based international film sales company Latido Films, 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), less than 2 weeks after the US Premiere of the film was presented at the Festival’s Awards Night Gala. A capacity crowd of more than 1,500 at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center For The Performing Arts displayed a wildly enthusiastic response to the film, which was personally introduced by Borensztein, star Ricardo Darin and the film’s US producer, Benjamin Odell.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better film to wrap up the Festival on our Awards Night and we were honored to have hosted its US Premiere,” said MIFF Executive Director Jaie Laplante. “This touching, hilarious tale is an instant classic, a crowd-pleaser for the ages.”
“This heartwarming tale about language barriers transcends cultural differences and will resonate with all types of audiences,” said President of Panorama Entertainment Stuart
Strutin. “We are thrilled to be distributing the film and look forward to working with Latido Films to give the film the release it deserves.”
Chinese Take-Away was the highest grossing local film of Argentina and broke box office records for a Latin American production in many territories including Spain and Brazil. To date it has grossed the equivalent of over USD$9 million at the international box office. It won International Rome Film Festival’s Marc’ Aurelio Jury Award for Best Film and BNL Audience Award for Best Film. It also took won Best Latin American Film at the 2012 Goya Awards.
In the film, Ricardo Darín plays Roberto, a gruff, anti-social loner who lords over his tiny hardware shop in Buenos Aires with a meticulous sense of control and routine. By chance, Roberto encounters a distressed, lost Chinese young man named Jun, a stowaway who has arrived with out-of-date information about a long-lost uncle. Annoyed but extending at least minimal human decency, Roberto tries to help Jun find his missing family. In the process, a story more bizarrely hilarious (and touching) than anything in Roberto’s carefully clipped newspaper articles begins to unfold, and a man’s precious, decades-old misanthropy undergoes a seriously comic siege.
Chinese Take-Away was produced by Pablo Bossi and Juan Pablo Buscarini of Pampa Films (Argentina), Gerardo Herrero and Mariela Besuievsky of Tornasol Films (Spain) and US-based producer Benjamin Odell in coproduction with Aliwood Producciones (Spain).
Panorama’s acquisition of Chinese Take-Away was the third US theatrical deal announced in connection with Miami International Film Festival. Midway through the 29th annual event, Screen Media announced its acquisition of the Rodrigo Santoro- starrer Heleno, from Brazil, and just days after the Festival closed, Outsider Pictures announced its pick-up of Las Acacias, another Argentina/Spain co-production.
Panorama Entertainment, Stuart Strutin and Steve Florin formed PANORAMA ENTERTAINMENT in 1987. Panorama is heavily involved in the selling, marketing and distributing of feature films directly to the US theatrical market, then proceeds to sell home video and all broadcast markets. Panorama distributes a wide variety of feature products ranging from high concept adventures, to dramas, comedies, art, family product and documentaries.
Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 30th anniversary March 1 – 10, 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 included: Lexus, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, HBO Latin America, Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority, FPL, EGEDA, Downtown Development Authority of the City of Miami, Screen International and the City of Miami Beach. The official headquarter hotel of MIFF 2012 was The Standard Spa, Miami; and the Festival was 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.
Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology, in addition to the renowned Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer nearly 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees. It has admitted nearly 2 million students since it opened its doors in 1960. More at mdc.edu.