London-based Lumina Filmshas picked up worldwide sales rights to Alexis Dos Santos' Glue, which plays as a Discovery in the forthcomingToronto International Film Festival.
Set in Patagonia, the filmis a comedy drama about a 15 year-old and two friends who cope with the trialsof burgeoning adolescence by getting high and getting off, mostly with eachother.
Inspired by Dos Santos' ownadolescence in Patagonia in the 80s, the film was shot in the same village ofhis upbringing. The majority was improvised by the young cast headed by NahuelPerez Biscayart, whose credits include El Aura and Tattooed, alongside Nahuel Viale and Ines Efron.
Glue won the Youth Jury Prize in Rotterdam earlier thisyear when screened in an early assembly.
The film is the first fromDos Santos who studied screenwriting in Barcelona and did a post-graduatedegree in directing at the National Film & Television School in the UK.
He also produced the filmwith Soldead Gatti-Pascual; Isabel Coixet, the Spanish director of My LifeWithout Me and The Secret Life OfWords, is the executive producer.
"Glue gloriously evokes the excruciations of adolescence,I haven't cringed so much since Napoleon Dynamite," said Lumina head Samantha Horley.
"Alexis is an amazingdirector to have got those extraordinary performances from his young cast inhis first film."
Lumina is part of theInternational Film Collective Ltd Group of Companies which also includes BuenaOnda, the production and acquisition label headed by Donald K Ranvaud. Glue sits under the Buena Onda banner alongside anotherToronto title Antonia fromBrazil, City Of Men - The Movie which is currently in post-production and the critically acclaimed LowerCity.