Upstart distributor Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired a batch of new titles for domestic release, including Brazilian epic “Xingu,” Paraguayan action-thriller “7 Boxes,” erotic character drama “Longing Nights,” and “Mr. Angel,” a documentary about porn pioneer Buck Angel.
Full press release below.
Philadelphia, PA – Since returning from the 66th Cannes Film Festival, Breaking Glass Pictures’ CEO Rich Wolff has finalized a number of deals for the domestic release of nearly a number films.
Here’s the roster of just-announced acquisitions wit more to come:
· Rezo Films has signed a deal for the Brazilian epic Xingu, from the producing team behind the 2002 Oscar-nominated hit City of God. During their exploration of central Brazil in 1943, Orlando, Claudio and Leonardo Villas-Bôas encounter the Xingu Indians. Passionately interested by what they discover about the customs and social systems of the cultures they discover, the brothers make a home among them. When half of a village dies of an influenza epidemic, the brothers devote their lives to protecting the Xingu peoples, preserving Xingu culture and to the creation of a Xingu National Park. Based on the true story of the Vilas-Bôas brothers’ journey through Xingu and their time among the indigenous people, Xingu premiered to critical acclaim at the Berlin International Film Festival. Breaking Glass will release Xingu in the United States in early 2014.
· An official selection of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, IndieWire hailed Paraguayan action-thriller 7 Boxes as “The Fast and the Furious with wheelbarrows.” Victor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, dreams of becoming famous and covets a fancy TV set in the infamous Mercado 4. He’s offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents in exchange for a quick $100. But what sounds like an easy job soon gets complicated. Something in the boxes is highly coveted and Víctor and his pursuers quickly find themselves caught up in a crime they know nothing about. The deal for this film was negotiated with Sam Eigen of Shoreline Entertainment.
· Pablo blends the narration of Jeff Bridges with documentary and animation elements to tell the saga of “famous unknown” Pablo Ferro, a man with a personal journey that spans from pre-revolution Havana to his current home in the garage behind his son’s house. The animation takes viewers through the dream-scape of Pablo’s memories, while the documentary footage chronicles a very eccentric lifestyle of a 72 year old artist, once hailed by Stanley Kubrick as the father of the sixties look and MTV’s visual aesthetics. Brian Sweet of Shoreline licensed the film to Breaking Glass.
· Produced over the course of six years, the documentary Mr. Angel chronicles the extraordinary life of transgender advocate, educator and porn pioneer, Buck Angel. Buck has survived addiction, homelessness, suicide and relentless opposition to his gender expression. Still, he lives his truth without compromise or apology. This feature-length documentary explores Buck’s moving story to understand the complexities of someone who overcame incredible obstacles, then shamelessly sought the spotlight and its backlash, to share his message of empowerment. The film was licensed through director Dan Hunt.
· In Mexico’s Peyote, Pablo, a shy teenager, meets the slightly older Marco. They embark on an impromptu road trip to the Mexican desert, a trip that will make them face what they mean to each other. This experience will turn Pablo’s life around: his points of view, his strength and his own sexuality.
· Set against a background of drugs, sex, multiple partners and differing sexualities, Longing Nights follows the individual stories of four young people. Aitana is a sweet girl trapped in a man’s body; Pierrick is a handsome French gay man; Rita doesn’t much care about her partner, Carolina, and walks through life with no expectations; Jorge is trapped in a doomed relationship with Maria. Longing Nights is a candid portrait of four relationships highly loaded with eroticism from beginning to end.
Wolff and Open Reel’s CEO Cosimo Santoro signed the deal for both Peyote and Longing Nights.