Todo Cine Latino Acquires North American Rights to Herrera’s Documentary “No Dress Code Required”

Cristina Herrera is ready to Dress (Code) for success…

Todo Cine Latino, the specialty label of Outsider Pictures, has acquired the North American distribution rights to the Latina filmmaker’s No Dress Code Required in a co-acquisition deal with Strand Releasing for the Mexican film, which swept seven of eight prizes at the 2015 FICG pix-in-post showcase.

No Dress Code Required

Produced by Sabrina Almandoz at La Cleta Films, the label she founded with Herrera in 2012, the documentary feature turns on the story of Victor and Fernando, beauty professionals in Baja California, Mexico, whose clients include multiple socialites from their hometown, Mexicali.

“For many of their customers they were a lovely couple, until they decided to marry and become the first gay couple in the state to fight for their rights in a place full of homophobia and inequality,” the film synopsis says.

Mexico’s Supreme Court has issued ruling after ruling that restricting marriage to heterosexual couples is discriminatory. No Dress Code Required tracks the extraordinary series of roadblocks put up by Mexicali’s local mayor and other officials who succeeded in derailing Victor and Fernando’s marriage four times, questioning witnesses’ signatures, announcing a bomb threat as the ceremony was about to go ahead, and arranging a demonstration which prevented them from getting into a civil registrar’s office. A complaint from the Association of Families of Baja California alleged that Victor and Fernando could not marry, given their insanity.

“Through their struggle, they managed to open the eyes of the members of Baja Californian society,” the film’s synopsis says.

Mexican Film Institute Imcine invested in No Dress Code Required’s post-production.

Paul Hudson, CEO of Outsider Pictures, closed the deal with Herrera and Imcine.

“As we have learned from the fight for gay marriage in the U.S., equal rights for the LGBTQ community is a basic civil right that every member of society deserves,” Hudson said.

He added: “Cristina’s film perfectly captures the nightmarish bureaucracy that was put in place to try and stop the constitutional and civil rights of Victor and Fernando.”

“The contemporary era questions if, in effect, Mexicans can enforce the equality of rights established in the Constitution,” Herrera said in a statement. “At this crossroads are members of [Mexico’s] LGBTQ community who desire full recognition of their citizens’ rights and a civil society where sexual difference is still regarded as sin or pathology.”

Todo Cine Latino will look to build word-of-mouth via festivals throughout the spring. It will then theatrically release in Miami and the rest of the U.S. throughout the summer, Hudson said.

The film will then be released on digital streaming site, a U.S. retailer of a significant number of recent prominent Latin American and Spanish movies.

A Fulbright scholar at Hunter College, New York, Herrera studied film at Mexico City’s Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica (CCC), a Latin American hotbed of young documentary film-making talent.

Rodriguez’s “Marshland” Acquired by Todo Cine Latino & AZ Films

Alberto Rodriguez’s latest film, one of Spain’s most recent blockbusters, is ready to conquer North America.

Todo Cine Latino, the specialty label of Paul Hudson’s Outsider Pictures, has teamed with Canada’s AZ Films to acquire the North America rights to La Isla Minima.


The 44-year-old Spanish filmmaker’s fifth feature, titled Marshland in English is described as a noirish period cop thriller.

The film won 10 Spanish Film Academy Goya Awards, among them best picture, director and actor (for star Javier Gutierrez).

Produced by Atresmedia Cine, Sacromonte Films and Atipica Films, and a competition frontrunner at San Sebastian International Film Festival, where it world premiered on September 20, winning the jury prize and best actor (Gutierrez), Marshland went on to gross $8.4 million in Spain, a standout achievement for its distributor, Warner Bros. Entertainment España.

Marshland now figures with nine category recognitions as the leading contender for 2015’s Platino Awards, taking in movies from Spain, Latin America and Portugal, which takes place July 18 in Marbella.

Written by Rodriguez and his near-career-long co-scribe Rafael Cobos, and set in Spain’s deep South in 1980, Marshland begins in classic crime thriller style with two homicide detectives, one a Francoist hardliner, the other younger and more pliable with a bright future ahead of him in Madrid, being called in to investigate the disappearance of two teen girls on Seville’s flatlands, a sprawling marsh expanse of stunning natural beauty and base poverty ruled by a few families certainly not willing to give up their centuries-old power and privileges – economic, social or of droit du seigneur.

Marshland impressed for its stunning, often kinetic, and varied cinematography: It’s made up of some 170 sequences, some multi-shot, some not. It also won critical plaudits for the interplay between the two cops who realize that they must put aside their personal differences if they’re to stop a serial killer, and the shaded balance of its portrait of one, played by Gutierrez. Capable of absolute heroism, he also tortured suspects under Franco and will never be hauled up in court for that.

Marshland has been compared to everything from the first season of True Detective to Seven, and is a first class thriller, and the Goya Awards are a testament to the quality of the filmmaking,” said Hudson.

Todo Cine Latino will look to build word-of-mouth via festivals; AZ Films will release the film in Canada on August 14, while Outsider will release in the U.S. on August 21 in Miami, where “Marshland” had its U.S. premiere in March at the Miami Film Festival.

Marshland will then be released on digital streaming site, which is dedicated to the release of the best in Latin Cinema in North America.

Coimbra’s “A Wolf at the Door” Wins Big at the Miami Film Fest

Fernando Coimbra is the Wolf of Miami…

The Brazilian filmmaker’s A Wolf at the Door was the big winner at the Miami Film Fest’s awards night ceremony held over the weekend.

Fernando Coimbra's A Wolf at the Door

The Brazilian film, a dark thriller that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, took home the fest’s Knight Competition, with Grand Jury prizes for Best Film and Best Director for Coimbra.

The film is being distributed by Paul Hudson‘s Outsider Pictures, which is aiming for a July release date in the U.S.

Spanish actress Nora Navas picked the Grand Jury Best Performance for her work in Mar Coll’s We All Want What’s Best For Her (Spain).

The Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award went to Maria Gamboa’s Mateo (Colombia/France).

The festival, which closed Sunday, screened 141 films from 39 countries.

“We are humbled by the community’s overwhelming response to this year’s film festival,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of the Miami Dade College, which runs the event. “It serves to strengthen the college’s commitment to providing quality cultural arts programming for all to enjoy.”

Here’s the full awards list:

KNIGHT COMPETITION ($40,000 in prizes courtesy of James L. & John S. Knight Foundation)


Knight Grand Jury Prize: A Wolf at the Door (Brazil, directed by Fernando Coimbra).

Grand Jury Best Performance: Nora Navas, for We All Want What’s Best For Her (Spain, directed by Mar Coll).

Grand Jury Best DirectorFernando Coimbra, forA Wolf at the Door (Brazil).

Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award:Mateo, written by Maria Gamboa (Colombia/France).


Enrique Lopez Lavigne- Producer, Apaches Entertainment

Augustine Chiarino- Producer, Control Z Films

Alejandro Brugues – Director, Juan of the Dead


Knight Grand Jury Prize (ex aequo):

Finding Vivian Maier, directed by Charlie Siskel and John Maloof (USA); and

The Overnighters, directed by Jesse Moss (USA).


Ross Kaufman – Filmmaker, Red Light Films (USA)

Adrian Bausch – Filmmaker (USA)

Laura Kim – Founder, Inside Job


Winner: Mateo directed by Maria Gamboa (Colombia/France)

Honorable Mention:We are Mari Pepa, directed by Samuel Kishi Leopo (Mexico).


Best Short Film: A Big Deal, directed by Yoyo Yao (China)

Honorable Mention:Skin directed by Cédric Prévost (France).

MIAMI ENCUENTROS presented by Moviecity

Aurora (Chile, produced by Florencia Larrea, directed by Rodrigo Sepulveda)


To Kill A Man (Chile / France, directed by Alejandro Fernández Almendras).


Winner: ‘Around the Lake’ (“Autour Du Lac”) directed by Noémie Marsily & Carl Roosens of Belgium. The music video was performed by Carl et les hommes-boîtes.


Belle, directed by Amma Asante, “for its multi-layered depiction of the challenges to the value of human life and dignity wherever a profit-driven system makes commodification of persons acceptable. Masterly crafted, the film lifts up a variety of issues of conscience which still confront us today.”