M-Appeal Lands Multiple Sales for Critics’ Week Title ‘Baby’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Berlin-based sales agency M-Appeal has sold the distribution rights for Marcelo Caetano‘s “Baby,” which world premiered May 21 in Cannes Critics’ Week, to several territories.

The buyers are Palace Films for Australia and New Zealand, Swallow Wings Films for Taiwan, and Salzgeber for Germany and Austria.

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The Brazilian film, based on a screenplay by Caetano and Gabriel Domingues, centers on 18-year-old Wellington, who has been released from a juvenile detention center. He finds himself alone and adrift on the streets of São Paulo, without any contact from his parents and lacking the resources to rebuild his life. He encounters Ronaldo, a mature man, who teaches him new ways of surviving. Gradually, their relationship turns into a conflicting passion.

The cast includes João Pedro Mariano, Ricardo Teodoro, Ana Flavia Cavalcanti, Bruna Linzmeyer and Luiz Bertazzo.

The production companies are Cup Filmes, Desbun Filmes and Plateau Produções in Brazil, Still Moving in France, and Circe Films and Kaap Holland in the Netherlands.

The producers are Beto Tibiriçá, Ivan Melo and Caetano. The co-producers in France are Juliette Lepoutre and Pierre Menahem. The co-producers in the Netherlands are Stienette Bosklooper and Maarten Swart.

Caetano, born in the State of Minas Gerais but now based in São Paulo, directed the feature film “Body Electric,” which premiered in Rotterdam in 2017. He also directed the TV series “Hit Parade” and “Notícias Populares,” both broadcast on Canal Brasil. He has worked on various productions as an assistant director and casting producer, notably on “Tatuagem,” “Bacurau,” “Aquarius” and “Neon Bull.” In 2009, Caetano co-founded Desbun Filmes.

M-Appeal recently acquired LGBTQ romantic comedy “Perfect Endings,” directed by Brazil’s Daniel Ribeiro.

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