The Spanish production company and distributor Bteam Pictures has acquired all the rights for Spain of the title of the San Sebastian competition “The Kings of the World”.
Film Factory Entertainment negotiated the deal with Bteam partners Ania Jones, Alex Lafuente and Lara Pérez Camiña.
Vicente Canales of Film Factory confirmed to Variety that the company is handling worldwide sales of the film, excluding France, Benelux, Colombia and Mexico.
“Bteam is well known for distributing quality films in Spain and has already released several of our films in Spanish,” said Canales. “We believe they are the best couple for ‘Kings of the World,’ which is one of the most important Colombian films of the year.”
Film Factory, based in Barcelona, focuses on the international sale of Spanish productions and collaborations with Europe and Latin America.
CineColombia is confirmed to distribute the film in Colombia.
Jones saw the film in San Sebastián where the Bteam co-production, “La Maternal”, is screened in the Official Selection.
“My partner Alex Lafuente had been tracking the film, but we had lost sight of it a bit until it was played here,” he said. Variety. “We embarked on a moving and emotional journey from start to finish. Viewers travel through the stunning landscape of Colombia. We almost became a sixth member of the family,” he said, adding, “The search for dignity and peace is so moving that one is almost tempted to forgive the debauchery of street children.
“I left the theater feeling like I was in the shoes of those people. And feeling that way is what moves me in the cinema. Once I saw it on the big screen, it sealed the deal for us,” he continued.
Bteam plans to release the film in theaters first. This is the second time they have worked with the film’s producer, Cristina Gallego, who said Variety: “I am happy to confirm the distribution by Bteam in Spain of ‘The Kings of the World’, after the incredible reception the film received from the San Sebastian public. It was a real gift.” Gallego’s previous film, “Birds of Passage,” was also distributed by Bteam.
“Only because of their catalog I know that they have been working to bring the best Latin American films to the Spanish public. For us, sharing the same house in Spain with films like ‘Monkeys’, ‘El Agent Topo’, ‘El Olvido Que Seremos’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman’ is an honor”, he added.
Said Jones, “In fact, one of our specialties is bringing quality, festival-driven Latin American films to Spanish screens. We are proud to have also been co-producers of ‘La Maternal’ and to add ‘Los Reyes’ to our lineup”.
“Los Reyes” tells the story of five homeless children who travel through Colombia in search of land that one of their crew members has inherited through a long process of land restitution. The film uses natural actors and was made with the help of 300 extras and locals.
The film was written by award-winning Colombian director Laura Mora, whose previous projects include the semi-autobiographical film “Killing Jesus,” which premiered in Toronto in 2017. She has directed episodes of “The Great Heist” and “The Green Frontier” for Netflix.
“Los Reyes” was produced by Ciudad Lunar and La Selva Cine, in Colombia, with international partners Iris Productions, Tu Vas Voir, Talipot Studio and Mer Films in association with Caracol Televisión, Dago García Producciones and Exile Content.