Chicago-based talent management and distribution company JR International Media has acquired domestic distribution rights to Mexican dark comedy, Caiman's Dream (El Sueno Del Caiman).
Jesse Rodriguez, President & CEO of JR International Media, negotiated the deal with the film's worldwide distributor, Carlos Sanchez Sosa of Latina Films, at the Guadalajara Film Festival in late March.
Caiman's Dream will premiere in Chicago in the summer where its director /co-writer Beto Gomez and some members of the cast will attend. The platform release schedule, with an initial six prints, includes New York, Texas, Atlanta, Los Angeles and other key cities throughout the U.S.
Described by the Village Voice as a charismatic Bunuel-meets-Cantinflas farce, the black and white crime caper is about a Spanish immigrant who flees Spain for Mexico after a botched robbery. He is reunited with his estranged father and his scheming uncle, "El Caiman." who hopes to open a bar with the spoils of a bank robbery he is planning.
"As the former program director of the Chicago Latino Festival and member of the film advisory board for the Chicago International Film Festival for many years, I have screened many unique Latino films," said Rodriguez. "El Sueno Del Caiman is the first film that I feel could actually have an impact on the domestic box-office and continue the recent success of Mexican films in the US."
Rodriguez also represents one of the film's lead actors, Roberto Espejo, who is renowned as the Mexican 'Divine' and Queen of Drag in Guadalajara and Bandoleros, an ethnic salsa/flamenco fusion band that sings in English, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish and Italian.
Both Espejo and Bandoleros will feature in Beto Gomez' upcoming film Punos Rosas (Pink Fists) to be shot in Mexico and the US in May. Bandoleros will also perform in Cuban director Juan Carlos Cremata's upcoming film, an untitled musical.