Cinepolis Acquires Latin America Rights to Berlin Competition Film 'Museo'

Courtesy of Cinepolis Distribucion
Gael Garcia Bernal in 'Museo'

Gael Garcia Bernal executive produced and stars in Mexican director Alonso Ruizpalacios' heist movie.

Mexico's Cinepolis has picked up Latin America rights to the Berlin competition title Museo (Museum), which is set to make its world premiere at the upcoming Berlinale on Feb. 22.

Featuring Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) and Simon Russell Beale (Into the Woods), Museo is writer-director Alonso Ruizpalacios' sophomore feature. Based on true events, the road movie centers on two veterinary school dropouts who steal precious pre-Hispanic artifacts from Mexico's world-class National Anthropology Museum.

Cinepolis, the world's fourth-largest theater chain in terms of screen count, distributes about 18 films a year via its distribution arm Cinepolis Distribucion.

"In our quest to find outstanding stories to distribute through our distributor, Museo stands out as one of the best and most convincing," said Cinepolis Distribucion chief Leonardo Cordero.

Distant Horizon is handling international sales.

Ruizpalacios won best first feature honors at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2014 for Gueros, a stylish Mexico City-set road movie shot in black and white.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.