New York, New York — September 28, 2011 — GKIDS, a distributor of award winning animation for both adults and families, and producers Magic Pictures and CinamaNX announced today that GKIDS has acquired US distribution rights to Chico & Rita, the highly acclaimed new animated feature from Academy AwardÂ®-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and renowned illustrator and designer Javier Mariscal.
The film made its world premiere at Telluride Film Festival, was an official selection at Toronto International Film Festival, and has been released to wide acclaim in the UK, France, and Spain. It will be qualifying for the OscarsÂ® in the Best Animated Feature category with a Los Angeles qualifying run December 2011, followed by US theatrical release in early 2012. The film will be released by GKIDS under their new Luma Films banner for adult animation.
The deal for Chico & Rita was negotiated by Eric Beckman for GKIDS and Andrew Fingret of CinamaNX on behalf of producing partners Magic Light Pictures, CinamaNX, Estudio Mariscal, Isle of Man Films, and Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas SA.