US cable station Sundance Channel has acquired US television rights to five Latin American titles which will be broadcast in August as part of Arte Latino, a tribute to Latin American film-making.

The films are Martin Rejtman's Silvia Prieto from Argentina, Mercedes Garcia Guevera's Hidden River from Argentina, Carlos Bolado's Bajo California from Mexico, Michael Skolnik and William O'Neill's documentary The Hot Corner from Cuba and Patricia Cardoso's The Water Carrier from Colombia. The deals for each were negotiated by Larry Greenberg, director of acquisitions for the channel.

The five features join a lineup of nine other features from Latin American countries in the programme. "By acquiring and programming films from across the region, we hope to give viewers a feel for the tremendous scope and richness of Latin American cinema," said Liz Manne, executive vice president, programming and marketing, for Sundance Channel.