Palm Pictures has picked upNorth American and Caribbean rights for Sergio Machado's Lower City (Cidade Baixa) from sales outfit Lumina Films.
London-based Lumina also hasPalm on board for two of its other projects - Pablo Trapero'sArgentinian road movie Familia Rodante and -- as previously announced-- City of Men, the TV series thatpicks up from Fernando Meirelles' City Of God.
Lower City is about a love triangle set in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. The film won the Le Prix de la Jeunesseat Cannes and the best film prize at the Rio Film Festival.
Lumina also noted that duringthe summer, distributor Verve Pictures nabbed UK and Irish rights. Lumina hasalso sold the film to Ocean Films in France and Paradiso in Benelux.
Walter Sallesproduced the film with Mauricio Andrade Ramos through Videofilmes.Lower City is part of the slate of Donald Ranvaud'sBuena Onda, Lumina's sister production company.
"We are excited and honouredto work with this accomplished group of filmmakers on the release of Lower City and to bring it to the widestaudience possible," said Palm's head of acquisitions and production David Koh. "Palm is embracing the current trend of establishedLatin directors, like Salles, who are supportingindependent cinema by producing films from emerging Latin directors."