Cannes: Warner Bros. to Distribute 'Wild Tales' in Spain and France

'Wild Tales,' Damian Szifron (Competition)

Cannes regular Pedro Almodovar won't be in this year's competition, but this comedy from Argentine director Damian Szifron could be the next best thing. Almodovar is one of the producers of the feature, a series of comic sketches that should provide some welcome laughs amid Cannes' typically grim selection of political and social dramas. Wild Tales marks Szifron's first appearance in Cannes. (Sales: Film Factory)

Damian Szifron's Cannes competition entry features an all-star local cast that includes Ricardo Darin and a score by Oscar-winner Gustavo Santaolalla.

BUENOS AIRES -- Warner Bros. Pictures International secured distribution rights for France, Spain and Latin America for the Cannes competition entry Wild Tales, directed by Argentina's Damian Szifron.

"Damian Szifron is one of the most interesting filmmakers to emerge from Argentina's prosperous film community. We're certain that his new bold and entertaining film will be enjoyed on both sides of the Atlantic," said Monique Esclavissat, executive vp Europe and Latin American distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures International. "We also want to congratulate Damian and his team of actors and collaborators for being part of the exclusive selection that will compete for the Golden Palm," she added.

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Produced by Hugo Sigman, Pedro and Agustin Almodovar and Warner Bros., with executive producers Matias Mosteirin and Esther Garcia Rodriguez, Wild Tales marks the return of Szifron to the screen after a 10-year absence, with a black comedy about tragedy, love, deception and the violence that lies beneath the surface in everyday life.

The film was written by Szifron and features an all-star local cast, with Ricardo Darin (The Secret in Their Eyes), Oscar Martinez (Empty Nest), Leonardo Sbaraglia (Intacto), Dario Grandinetti (Talk to Her), Rita Cortese (Widows), Erica Rivas (Tetro) and Julieta Zylberberg (The Holy Girl). Two-time Oscar-winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel) is responsible for the original score.

The film will premiere first in Argentina on August 14, before rolling out in other markets.