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.