By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act March 5, 2014 at 2:45PM
Director René Sampaio's action/drama Brazilian Western (Faroeste Caboclo) - which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, in the Contemporary World Cinema section - has been picked up for distribution by Shout! Factory, a multi-platform entertainment company, and Cinevox, an international distribution company, in a deal that will see the film released in the USA and Canada.
The deal includes select theatrical, exclusive digital and broadcast distribution, and home entertainment rights for cross-platform releases in the USA and Canada, including a strategic roll-out of the film on a variety of entertainment distribution platforms and in all packaged media later this year.
Here's how TIFF describes it:
BRAZILIAN WESTERN is a film adaptation of the popular song “Faroeste Caboclo” by Brazilian music icon Renato Russo and tells the story of love, blood and revenge. João de Santo Cristo, a young man who leaves his life of poverty in the backlands of the state of Bahia to try his luck in Brasilia. With the help of his cousin Pablo, he becomes a carpenter’s apprentice but also gets involved in drug trafficking. One day, he happens to meet the beautiful Maria Lúcia, the daughter of a senator. They begin a relationship, but João plunges deeper and deeper into a downward spiral of crime and violence. He finally meets his greatest enemy, the playboy drug dealer Jeremias, his rival in business.
Zeba screened the film when it played at TIFF and reviewed it positively HERE.
It'll next travel to Miami for that city's International Film Festival, on March 8.
“We look forward to bringing this film to North American movie fans. This captivating movie is a perfect addition to our growing international film library,” stated Shout! Factory’s founders in a statement.
"We're extremely proud to be teaming with Shout! Factory on the North American release of this film. Brazilian Western is a brilliant and exhilarating ride, and Shout!'s amazing track record with films of this genre is sure to make it a rousing success in the states," said Andre Gaines of Cinevox.
Directed by René Sampaio, and produced by Bianca De Felippes, Marcello Ludwig Maia and Sampaio, the film boasts and impressive cast of Fabrício Boliveira, Isis Valverde, Felipe Abib, Antônio Calloni, César Troncoso, Marcos Paulo and Flavio Bauraqui.
A trailer follows below (although it's not subtitled in English). I assume a new trailer for North American audiences, will be cut ahead of the film's North American release later this year: