Goldcrest Independent has acquired international rights to VC Filmes' Amalia, a biopic about the celebrated Fado singer Amalia Rodrigues that it claims is the largest Portuguese production to date.

Senior vice president of sales Pierre Weisbein will introduce the film at AFM next week. Carlos Coelho Da Silva directed from a screenplay by Pedro Marta Santos and Joao Tordo. Manuel Fonseca produced and Sandra Barata, Ricardo Pereira and Ana Padrao star.

'Through her music Amalia's life story has an appeal that transcends age and nationality and should find audiences throughout the world,' Goldcrest Independent director Adam Kulick said.

'Amalia is a major step forwards for the Portuguese film industry,' VC Filmes' Luis Froes said. 'It is an ambitious feature with a level of production values that has never before been achieved within Portugal.'

Goldcrest Independent's AFM's slate includes: Rob Schneider's comedy The Chosen One; the football hooligan title Cass that Optimum released in the UK last summer; Irish director Macdara Vallely's Peacefire; and Percussions starring Christopher Lambert and Sophie Marceau.