Italian sales and production company The Open Reel has announced a raft of deals and a new acquisition in advance of Rome’s MIA Market (October 13-17).
Spanish drama Mia & Moi by writer-director Borja de la Vega has been sold to TLA Releasing for North America and the UK, and to Optimale for French-speaking territories.
The film follows a pair of siblings who move to their family’s dilapidated country house after their mother dies, where they are also joined by the brother’s boyfriend. Bruna Cusi (Summer 1993), Eneko Sagardoy and Ricardo Gomez star in de la Vega’s feature directing debut.
Optimale has also bought French-speaking territory rights to Colombian drama Leading Ladies directed by Ruth Caudeli (Eva + Candela) and US LGBTQI+ comedy drama Dramarama, the feature debut of Jonathan Wysocki.
Filmin has also acquired Leading Ladies and Dramarama for Spanish-speaking territories as well as a third title – Daniel Sánchez López’s debut romantic drama Boy Meets Boy – while Cinemien has taken Dramarama for German-speaking territories.
Further sales on Open Reel’s slate include Judith Colell’s debut feature 15 Hours, a co-production between Spain’s Selene Films and Dominican Republic’s Turkana Films, which has gone to SomosTV for North America and Terra Gollut for Spanish-speaking territories.
In addition, The Open Reel has just boarded the Colombian coming-of-age drama Good Manner by Santiago Leon Cuellar. The film tells the story of a gay teenager’s sexual awakening over a weekend at her grandparents’ golden wedding anniversary celebrations. Luen Cuellar’s own Mudra Films is producing.