Latido Films reportedly acquires international sales rights to ‘Born a King’

Spanish agency Latido Films has acquired international sales rights to “Born a King” (Supplied)
Updated 02 December 2019

Latido Films reportedly acquires international sales rights to ‘Born a King’

  • According to Variety, Spanish agency Latido Films has acquired international sales rights to “Born a King"
  • Latido Films will introduce the movie to select buyers from all over the world at Ventana Sur

DUBAI: According to Variety, Spanish agency Latido Films has acquired international sales rights to “Born a King,” the Agustí Villaronga-directed movie, which premiered in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in September, that tells the story of a young King Faisal Al-Saud during his trip to the UK on a diplomatic mission.

Latido Films’ director Antonio Saura and international sales head Juan Torres will introduce the movie to select buyers from all over the world at Ventana Sur, a Latin American film market organized by the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) and Marché du Film – Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on Dec. 2.

“I’m very happy to give the world sales rights on the film to Latido, a Spanish company that defends good cinema and, headed by Antonio Saura, will grow in the future into one of the independent cinema specialists of greatest international reach,” said the film’s producer Andrés Vicente Gómez as per Variety.

“This is Latido’s first collaboration with Agustí Villaronga – one of the most admired film directors in Spain, a creative, inventive talent that knows like very few how to portray the complexity of the human mind,” quipped Saura. “And with Andrés Vicente Gómez, one of Spain’s legendary film producers,” he added.

The UK-Spanish co-production, which stars Ed Skrein and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” actress Hermione Cornfield, is the first big international feature to shoot in Riyadh.

Set in 1919, the film was partly shot in Riyadh and Diriyah, and sees a teenage Faisal, later to become king of Saudi Arabia, as the young hero sent by his father to lead negotiations in London aged 13 with the fate of his nation resting on his shoulders.

It cost almost $20 million to make and has since racked up $4.2 million since its premiere in the Middle East. 


Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $200,000 amid US protests

Updated 01 June 2020

Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $200,000 amid US protests

DUBAI: Protests were held across the US this week demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the other black Americans who have been victims of police brutality. Many celebrities joined in on these protests in major cities such as Los Angeles or New York, including French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, pop star Ariana Grande, model Emily Ratajkowski and rapper J. Cole. 

Meanwhile, other stars have taken to their social media platforms to demand justice and draw attention to various organizations which help low-income protesters pay bail or donation pages that directly benefit the family members of the victims. 

Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively  shared a joint statement on Instagram on Sunday night, revealing that they donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund, a civil and human rights legal organization that provides legal assistance to low-income African Americans.

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The couple, who share two children together, wrote “We've never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we're pulled over in the car. We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out. We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is."

The couple’s statement continued, “We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it… especially our own complicity.” 

Lively and Reynolds aren’t the only celebrities to donate a hefty sum amid the George Floyd protests sweeping the US. Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen pledged to donate $200,000 towards the bail-outs of protesters across the nation.