By Brian Brooks | Indiewire January 29, 2010 at 6:31AM
Sundance World Narrative Competition film "Contracorriente" (Undertow) by Peruvian director Javier Fuentes-Leon has been picked up by Wolfe Releasing. Wolfe acquired the film, starring Manolo Cardona ("Beverly Hills Chihuahua"), Cristian Mercado ("Che") and Tatiana Astengo ("Fiesta Patria"), for a "low six figure" sum.
Wolfe's Maria Lynn made an offer to Shoreline's Sam Eigen following the film's first public screening at The Egyptian Theatre earlier this week in Park City, UT, according to Wolfe. The Bay Area distributor, which primarily releases gay content, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
"Contracorriente" is described as a love story set on the Peruvian seaside about a married fisherman (Cristian Mercado) who is about to become a new father and struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover (Manolo Cardona) and finds himself at odds with his town's rigid traditions.
Shoreline's other Spanish-language films include Juan Carlos Valdivia's Bolivian film and fellow Sundance 2010 entry Southern District (Zona Sur) and Sebastian Silva's Chilean comedy The Maid (La Nana) winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance last year. The Maid was nominated for a Golden Globe.
"We are thrilled to represent this touching story from the pristine beaches of Peru," commented Wolfe president Maria Lynn in a statement. "We are confident that all audiences will love this haunting and beautifully crafted film of the concurrence of forbidden love within the traditions of a small town."
["Contracorriente" will screen at the Yarrow Hotel Theater at 6pm in Park City, UT]