Many of Latin America's festival favourites are to be represented at Cannes by new international sales company Kinolatino.
The company, which is a subsidiary of Zurich-based Kinobrasil, has already acquired European all rights to: Chilean box office hit, El Chacotero Sentimental; Argentina's Solo Por Hoy which appeared in Berlin's Panorama section; this year's Guadalajara prize winner, Perfume De Violetas; Mexican all-time box office leader, Sexo, Pudor Y Lagrimas and documentary Boxeo-Cuba.
Kinolatino now extends Kinobrasil's reach into Spanish-language pictures and is expected to become involved in co-productions. According to co-founder Cejana de Aquino, it is close to boarding two or three projects.
De Aquino and Lukas Diehl founded Kinobrasil two years ago in a bid to promote and distribute Brazilian films in Europe.
Among the Brazilian films they have handled is Sandra Werneck's feature debut Little Book Of Love, a Lumiere EBA (Brazil) production. This was released theatrically last September in Switzerland where it achieved some 20,000 admissions. The romantic comedy will debut in Austria and Germany this summer. Negotiations are underway with theatrical distributors in Finland and Spain.
Kinobrasil recently clinched UK TV sales for Brazilian films A Ostra E O Vento (The Oyster And The Wind), Como Nascem Os Anjos (How Angels Are Born), Carlota Joaquina and Friendly Fire.