The international distributor has sold several films to some of the region’s main platforms, including WarnerMedia Latin America, Televisa and Univision.
Screenbright Media announces that within months of the launch of the company which specializes in content distribution, Screenbright has closed important agreements for Latin America and the US Hispanic. Among which are the films The Night, Lady of Guadalupe, Paws Bones & Rock ‘N Roll and Boonie Bears: Blast Into the Past stand out.
The Night (Pesadilla en el Hotel Normandie) is a psychological thriller by director Kourosh Ahari, starring Shahab Hosseini (winner Best Actor at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival) which was acquired by WarnerMedia Latin America for HBO Max, the new streaming platform that launched on June 29.
The Night tells the story of a married couple, exhausted after a night out with friends, Babak (Shahab Hosseini), Neda (Niousha Noor) and their baby take shelter in the grand, but eerie Hotel Normandie. Throughout a seemingly endless night, mysterious disturbances ruin their night’s rest as Babak and Neda soon realize they’re locked-in with a malevolent force that hungers for the dark secrets they’ve kept from one another.
Andres Santos, founder of Screenbright Media, comments: “For such a well-produced film, with top-notch performances, full of shocks and a story that grabs and hooks audiences from beginning to end, I am not surprised that WarnerMedia Latin America has selected it. The film enjoys 80% approval among critics according to Rotten Tomatoes. But more importantly, The Night has managed to break down geopolitical barriers by being the first US production to have wide theatrical release in Iran in 40 years.”
Another recent Screenbright achievement, in this case as consultant for Vision Films of Los Angeles, has been the distribution of the profound film Lady of Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) directed and written by Pedro Brenner and starring Guillermo Iván. It was launched by Cinemex in Mexico theatrically, and acquired by Televisa and Univision.
Televisa secured the exclusive rights for pay TV in Latin America and non-exclusively for its Blim platform. Additionally, the Spanish version of the film was acquired by Univision and premiered last December in the US. The English version of the film enjoyed a limited theatrical release and was recently launched on VOD by Vision Films.
Lady of Guadalupe is a moving and profound religious discovery that unites religious beliefs with a contemporary storyline. The film has significant recreations to illustrate the origin of its powerful symbolism of identity and faith. When a young and ambitious journalist (Guillermo Iván) is assigned an article on faith, he becomes involved in the legend of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Skeptical of miracles and the significance of modern Christianity, research leads him from being a cynic to a true believer as his personal limits are tested.
Andres Santos, founder of Screenbright Media, says: “Personally it has been very meaningful to be part of the distribution to the region of a film so representative of our Latin beliefs and faith. This film carries a very positive message, very much ours, whose message of hope becomes even more relevant in times as challenging as the one the world is collectively experiencing.”
In addition, Screenbright recently closed with Univision two family feature films. Boonie Bears: Blast Into the Past in representation of the amazing Fantawild catalogue, which premiered on the network June 6. Blast Into the Past is an animation which grossed over $110m in the Chinese box office. Also, the hilarious film Paws, Bones & Rock ‘N Roll in representation of Mirsand Limited which aired on the network June 20.