Cinemavault has further bolstered its AFM slate as the market prepares to get underway this week with Neal Sundstrom’s South African football comedy Finding Lenny.
South African stand-up comic Barry Hilton stars in the English-language feature about a man with family troubles who coaches a rural team and takes on the might of an evil corporation.
The David versus Goliath tale was partly funded by India’s Vistaar Religare Film Fund and produced by Moviworld, whose Tsotsi won the best foreign language Oscar in 2006.
“It’s the perfect primer for the tide of soccer fever already sweeping across the world prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa,” Cinemavault’s senior vice-president of international distribution Caroline Stern said. “It’s a fun family film that will work in all markets.”
Vice-president of acquisitions Michael Paszt negotiated the deal with Terry Vallet of Moviworld.
“We are thrilled and very excited to have Cinemavault representing Finding Lenny and helping us to spread a bit of African magic to the rest of the world,” Vallet, who produced the film, said. “Cinemavault’s professionalism, efficiency and friendliness have been appreciated and we hope to enjoy a long and fruitful relationship with them.”