UK-based sales company Lumina Films has sold North American rights to Puerto Rican comedy Lovesickness (Maldeamores) to Maya Releasing.

Maya is the new distribution and acquisitions company that is part of vertically integrated Latino entertainment company founded by Moctesuma Esparza. Maya Releasing will distribute 8-10 films per year theatrically.

Lovesickness interweaves three cross-generational stories about the search for love. Benicio del Toro executive produced and the project was financed by the Puerto Rican Film Corporation.

After a strong launch at the Tribeca Film Festival, Lovesickness is Puerto Rico's official entry for foreign-language Oscar consideration.

Carlitos Ruiz Ruiz and his wife Mariem Perez directed. The ensemble cast is headed by Luis Guzman. Luillo Ruiz produced for Pajaritos Prenoas and Buena Onda.

Lumina's managing director and head of sales Samantha Horley struck the deal with Jose Martinez Jr for Maya Releasing.

'Maya Releasing are probably the most exciting thing to be happening for the distribution of Latin American films in North America in a very long time and we are over the moon they have chosen our darling Maldeamores to be one of their first and most high-profile acquisitions' says Horley.