On the eve of what promises to be a hectic two weeks of deal-making for Good Machine International (GMI) in both London and Milan, the New York sales operation, has sold the French, German, Swiss and Italian distribution rights to Alfonso Cuaron's sexually-unbridled Y Tu Mama Tambien to 20th Century Fox International.
GMI, which is marketing this as the first come under its "Uncensored Cinema" banner for films that explore the theme of sexuality without inhibitions, has also sold Y Tu Mama Tambien to Rosebud in Greece, I Vision in Korea, Shaw Renters in Singapore and Nonantund in Thailand.
Separately, Cuaron and producer Jorge Vergara licensed all Latin American rights to their film to Fox, and all rights in Spain to Sogepaq.
Written by Cuaron and his brother Carlos, Y Tu Mama Tambien is described as an irreverent drama that explores relationships, friendships, and the value of life in the face of death. Shot by Cuaron's regular collaborator, the award winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, the film stars Maribel Verdu, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.
GMI arrives in London on the back of its biggest theatrical success to date, Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon which most recently opened in France through Warner Bros with an outstanding first week of more than half a million admissions. Upcoming titles from GMI include Gregor Jordan's Buffalo Soldiers, a FilmFour production starring Joaquin Phoenix and Ed Harris; Brad Anderson's Session 9 from USA Films, and Todd Field's In the Bedroom.
The multi-territory deal with Fox was negotiated by GMI president David Linde together with his VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Amy Kaufman and VP of Business Affairs Diana Victor. Negotiating for Fox were Senior VP of Acquisitions Tony Safford and VP of Acquisitions Rosanne.
"Fox has a tremendous track record in overseas distribution and everyone is thrilled that we've been able to place such a original and compelling film with them," commented Linde.
Cuaron, who last directed 20th Century Fox's Great Expectations, made his American feature debut with the critically acclaimed A Little Princess. His first ever feature was Solo Con Tu Pareja (Love in the Time of Hysteria), which became the highest grossing film in his native Mexico in 1992.
Y Tu Mama Tambien is the first film to be produced by Jorge Vergara who is founder of Grupo Omnilife, a highly successful Mexican company that uses the latest technology to create products for healthy well-being.