By Austin Dale | Indiewire February 7, 2012 at 1:00PM
Wolfe Releasing has acquired Aurora Guerrero's debut feature "Mosquita y Mari," which was well-received last month in the NEXT sectionat the Sundance Film Festival. The film is a sensitive coming-of-age story about the relationship between two young Latina women in Los Angeles.
The film will be released theatrically in 2012.
Full press release reprinted below:
WOLFE ACQUIRES MOSQUITA Y MARI AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
SAN JOSE, CALIF. (February 7, 2012) — Wolfe Releasing has acquired the North American rights to the critically-acclaimed Indion Entertainment/Maya Entertainment feature film Mosquita y Mari at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, brokered by Orly Ravid through The Film Collaborative. Writer/Director Aurora Guerrero’s first feature film is a sensitive coming-of-age story that focuses on a deep, but complicated love between two young Latinas growing up in South East L.A.’s immigrant community.
“Mosquita y Mari” was produced by Chad Burris and written and directed by Aurora Guerrero and stars Fenessa Pineda and Venecia Troncoso as the love struck teens. The film was favored by the critics at Sundance and made Indiewire’s top ten list and other critics’ favorite lists.
“Aurora Guerrero is a tremendously talented young filmmaker," said Wolfe President Maria Lynn. “Mosquita y Mari is an exceptionally high quality film with a genuinely unique and tender story to tell about young love. We are very excited to have it on the Wolfe label and to bring it to the widest audience possible.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to be working with Wolfe. They have been fans and supporters of our project from early on and it’s a pleasure to know the film will be in the hands of someone that believes in it. ” added Chad Burris.
The Film Collaborative will be releasing theatrically in 2012. Wolfe plans to release the film on VOD and DVD in 2013.
SYNOPSIS: Yolanda and Mari are growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. Growing up in immigrant households, both girls are expected to prioritize the well-being of their families. Yolanda, an only child, delivers straight A’s and the hope of the American Dream while Mari, the eldest, shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented mother who scrambles to make ends meet. When Mari moves in across the street from Yolanda, they maintain their usual life routine, until an incident at school thrusts them into a friendship and into unknown territory. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. Lost in their private world of unspoken affection, lingering gazes, and heart-felt confessions of uncertain futures, Yolanda’s grades begin to slip while Mari’s focus drifts away from her duties at a new job. Mounting pressures at home collide with their new-found desires thus driving Yolanda and Mari’s relationship to the edge, forcing them to choose between their obligations to others and staying true to each other.
Serving audiences since 1985, Wolfe is the largest exclusive distributor of gay and lesbian films. Current major Wolfe releases include the acclaimed gay drama, UNDERTOW (Peru’s submission for the 2010 Academy Awards) and the hard-hitting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” drama, A MARINE STORY. Wolfe is also well known for releasing classics such as DESERT HEARTS, BIG EDEN and WERE THE WORLD MINE. Find more info online at http://www.wolfevideo.com