Guido Rud's Argentina-based Film Sharks International has picked up sales rights outside Latin America to Roberto Sneider's Tear This Heart Out (Arrancame La Vida) which is on the shortlist of nine films for this year's best foreign language film Oscar.

The film, which has drawn over two million admissions in Mexico through Fox, is a romantic epic starring Ana Claudia Talancon as a young woman who finds herself married to a ruthless politician (Daniel Gimenez Cacho).

Film Sharks has also boarded Taste Of Rain which is currently in pre-production with Jean-Luc Van Damme producing and Richard Pakleppa directing. Eric Ebouaney and Kierston Wareing star.

And Rud has acquired sales rights to La Milagrosa, Rafael Lara's Colombian drama loosely based on the Ingrid Betancourt kidnapping case. The film will be screened for buyers at EFM in Berlin.

Also screening in Berlin is Argentinian local blockbuster A Boyfriend For My Wife, produced by Disney affiliate Patagonik, which has already been sold to Festival Films in Spain and SBS in Australia.

Film Sharks recently sealed output deals with Telexcel SA for theatrical and video release of its films in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay and with Brazilian HD theatrical distributor Movie Mobz for certain Film Sharks titles to screen on its 250-screen circuit.

Other recently concluded sales include:

Venevision International USA has taken all rights on Miguel Pereira's Destiny from Argentina and Chicha Tu Madre from Peru.

Film Sharks has sold Karlovy Vary jury prize winner The Photograph directed by Nan T Achnas to Synrena Films in Poland, Civite Films in Spain, SBS in Australia and Global Film Initiate in US.

Venice Days jury prize winner The Speed Of Life was taken by IFTV in France and a deal is close with Movimiento Films in Italy. IFTV also took Conrad Clark's Soul Carriage, and Gussi took US and some Latin America on Calling An Angel, with plans to co-release the film in the US with Lionsgate.