Cinepolis Distribution has revealed plans for the Mexican release of Gael Garcia Bernal heist film and TIFF selection Museo and announced a raft of Latin American sales.
Alonso Ruizpalacios’ film, which as Screen first reported is the first Spanish-language YouTube Original, will open in the Mexican director’s home country on October 26 in 500 cinemas.
Bernal stars alongside Leonardo Ortizgris in the film, which received its North American premiere in Toronto and is loosely based on the infamous Christmas Eve 1985 theft of pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico City’s hallowed National Museum of Anthropology.
Alfredo Castro and Simon Russell Beale round out the key cast and Bernal will promote the film heavily in Mexico.
Leo Cordero, head of Mexican exhibition giant Cinepolis’ releasing arm Cinepolis Distribution, acquired Latin American sales rights before Museo’s world premiere in Berlin and has licensed Colombian rights to Cinecolombia and Brazilian rights to Supo Mungam Films in Brazil.
Wiesner Distribution will release in Central America, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and Cuba, and V&R releases the film in Peru. Paris-based Luxbox represents the balance of international territories.
Panorama Global, Ring Cine, Detalle Films, Distant Horizon and Serendipity Point Films co-produced and co-financed.