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Focus Features Enters Term Deal with New Garcia Bernal/Luna Production Company Canana Films

By Indiewire | Indiewire October 25, 2005 at 6:43AM

Focus Features has entered a two-year agreement with an option for a third year with Mexico City-based production company, Canana Films, the new venture by actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna as well as producer Pablo Cruz, Focus president of production John Lyons announced Monday. The deal will give Focus worldwide rights to Canana's planned slate of features. The three partners plan to make both modestly budgeted Spanish-language films in Mexico and higher-budget English-language films. "Our partnership with Canana promises to be a fruitful one, as Gael, Diego, and Pablo identify promising and fresh talent," said Lyons in a statement. "There are so many filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors in Mexico - both up-and-coming and established - that they can bring to our attention." Bernal starred in Focus' Academy Award-winning "The Motorcycle Diaries," by Walter Salles and Focus International handled his last year's feature, "Bad Education," directed by Pedro Almodovar. [Brian Brooks]
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Focus Features has entered a two-year agreement with an option for a third year with Mexico City-based production company, Canana Films, the new venture by actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna as well as producer Pablo Cruz, Focus president of production John Lyons announced Monday. The deal will give Focus worldwide rights to Canana's planned slate of features. The three partners plan to make both modestly budgeted Spanish-language films in Mexico and higher-budget English-language films. "Our partnership with Canana promises to be a fruitful one, as Gael, Diego, and Pablo identify promising and fresh talent," said Lyons in a statement. "There are so many filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors in Mexico - both up-and-coming and established - that they can bring to our attention." Bernal starred in Focus' Academy Award-winning "The Motorcycle Diaries," by Walter Salles and Focus International handled his last year's feature, "Bad Education," directed by Pedro Almodovar. [Brian Brooks]







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