eOne Acquires North American Rights to Segura’s Casino Heist Romp “Torrente, Mission: EuroVegas”

Santiago Segura’s latest film is headed across the pond…

Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired all North American rights to casino heist romp Torrente, Mission: EuroVegas, starring the 50-year-old Spanish actor/comedian and Alec Baldwin.

Santiago Segura

It’s the latest installment in Spain’s biggest-ever comedy movie franchise, offering proof that select foreign-language comedies can make wave abroad.

Segura stars as the lead character, Spanish cop José Luis Torrente. In the latest installment, crooked cop Torrente gets out of jail in the year 2018 to find a different Spain from the one he knew.

Written and directed by Segura, Torrente’s fifth iteration has also closed the U.K. with eOne-owned Momentum, and Australia/New Zealand with Palace Cinemas.

The deals mean Torrente is now sold out worldwide, said its sales agent Guido Rud at FilmSharks Intl.

Torrente’s buyers, moreover, include top-tier distribution companies, such as Disney’s Buena Vista International for Latin America, Sony Pictures for Spain, Korea’s Bridgeworks Entertainment and Turkey’s Sinema.

Torrente’s five installments have grossed a total of $90.5 million in Spain.

FilmSharks Intl. Acquires Global Sales Rights to Oreiro’s Biopic “I am Gilda”

Natalia Oreiro’s latest film project may be going global…

Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl. has acquired the international sales rights to the musical drama Gilda, no me arrepiento de este amor, about Argentina’s legendary cumbia star, portrayed by the 38-year-old Uruguayan singer, actress and fashion designer.

Natalia Oreiro

Picked up by Buena Vista International for Argentina, the film, aka I am Gilda (The Latin Music Saint), is currently shooting in Buenos Aires. It’s being directed by Lorena Muñoz, who co-penned the script with Tamara Viñes.

The film tells the story of Argentine cumbia singer Gilda, born Myriam Alejandra Bianchi, who succeeds in music after working as gardener and P.E. teacher, acquiring the status of a popular saint in Argentina after her tour bus crashed in 1996, killing her, her mother, her daughter and part of her band.

The biopic is toplined by Oreiro, the star of recent standout international sales and festival gems like Lucia Puenzo’s The German Doctor and Benjamin Avila’s Clandestine Childhood.

Oreiro provides her own vocals to the late singer’s hits in the film.

“Gilda, no me arrepiento de este amor” is scheduled for a September 7 theatrical release in Argentina, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Gilda’s death.