Mandoki's "Voices" Set for U.S. Release
by Eugene Hernandez
A distribution plan has been set for Luis Mandoki's "Innocent Voices" ("Voces Inocentes") with a late September release on tap for the film, set in El Salvador and following a young boy dealing with war and growing up. BB Entertainment Marketing has acquired all North American rights to the movie and will work with Slowhand Cinema to distribute the movie in theaters around the country. Ben Barbosa's BB Entertainment acquired the movie from producer Lawrence Bender's company and has contracted Terry Hines and Associates to work with them on the release as well.
The film, winner of the Golden Space Needle Award at the 2005 Seattle International Film Festival, will open on September 23rd. It was also produced by Oscar Torres and based on his own childhood experience during the El Salvador civil war.
"I made 'Innocent Voices' because this coming-of-age story -- about a boy and his mother's struggle to protect her children in the middle of a civil war -- made me reflect on the decisions we adults make that affect the lives of our children in the world," said producer Bender in a statement. "It is a story that every family should see as it makes us value the lives we have and makes us think about the ones that don't have the same privileges. It also makes us remember the magic of childhood. I'm thrilled that BB Entertainment has the passion and conviction to release it."
Barbosa's BB Entertainment Marketing consults with a number of Hollywood companies and company head Ben Barbosa's background includes work as CEO of Mann Theaters. He also worked for General Cinemas, Columbia Pictures and Universal Studios.