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Pontas seals sales package deal with Cinema Libre Studio

Leading Spanish film and literary agency Pontas has secured European sales rights to several films from US production outfit Cinema Libre Studio.

Leading Spanish film and literary agency Pontas has secured European sales rights to several films from US production outfit Cinema Libre Studio at the Cannes market.

Pontas will handle sales in Spain and a selection of other European countries for the following Cinema Libre Studio titles: Ricardo De Montreuil’s drama Mancora (pictured), which revolves around the destruction of three family members’ lives, starring Elsa Pataki (Snakes On A Plane); multi-award winning director Charles Burnett’s drama Namibia: The Struggle For Liberation, starring Danny Glover; Nida Sinnokrot’s documentary Palestine Blues about the impact of the Israeli Security Wall, and Louise Hogarth’s award winning documentary Angels In The Dust about one woman’s struggles in a country torn apart by apartheid, aids and violence.

Pontas is also producing, and handling sales for a new project of its own to be called Natureboy, which will be directed and co-produced by Brett Wagner, winner of several awards for his short film Chief.

Nature Boy will be a comedy drama about an LA psychiatrist who has a mid-life crisis and so travels to Hawaii to get away for a while where he meets a Samoan chief in the jungle who is also going through a crisis of his own. It is being billed by the director as “Heart Of Darkness with jokes”.

US actress Rosanna Arquette and BAFTA award-winning cinematographer Paul Atkins (who worked on Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life and Peter Weir’s Master And Commander) have just attached themselves to the project at Cannes. Real life Chief Sielu Avea will play the part of the Samoan chief and Pontas is approaching A-list actors to play the psychiatrist.

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