Picturehouse has acquired all U.S. rights to GLORIA, the biopic based on the true story of Latin Americaâ€™s most controversial pop-rock icon, Gloria Trevi, from Matthias Ehrenberg of RÃo Negro, and plans a first quarter 2015 release.
GLORIA has also been acquired by Universal Pictures International for release in Mexico and Latin America. The film will have a broad release in those territories in early January 2015.
GLORIA is a bold and compelling musical drama told through the lens of the provocative, socio-politically charged music that made her famous. Often referred to as the â€œMexican Madonnaâ€ and called the â€œSupreme Diva of Mexican Popâ€ by VH1, Trevi has sold more than 20 million records and is currently again on top of all the charts.
The film traces Treviâ€™s ascent to stardom in the â€˜80s and â€˜90s with her manager and then husband Sergio Andrade, never shying away from their destructive relationship or his abusive sexual behavior and its consequences. It also chronicles her astounding fall from grace in 2000 when she was accused of running a sex cult and thrown in jail to her triumphant acquittal and release in 2004.
â€œGloria Treviâ€™s meteoric rise to stardom and astounding downfall is vividly portrayed in this riveting film about love, fame and betrayal,â€ says Picturehouse CEO Bob Berney. â€œWe are excited to work with Matthias and his team at RÃo Negro to bring this film to audiences across the US.â€
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Written by one of Mexicoâ€™s top screenwriters and playwrights, Sabina Berman (BACKYARD, PANCHO VILLA AND A NAKED WOMAN), the film was directed by first timer Christian Keller, who chased down the Treviâ€™s life rights and has been developing her story since 2005.
â€œItâ€™s a story about redemption, love and unlove, and how one can lose control of things; it doesnâ€™t intend to scandalize, but it certainly doesnâ€™t hide what happened,â€ says RÃo Negroâ€™s founder Matthias Ehrenberg. â€œChristian has delivered a very powerful movie, well-conceived and well-directed.â€
Sofia Espinosa explodes on the screen in the title role, performing some of Treviâ€™s most beloved hits, including her first Number One hit, â€œDr. Psiquiatra,â€ from 1989. Marco Perez (AMORES PERROS, TRADE, BACKYARD) delivers a tour-de-force performance as Sergio Andrade whose rise on the back of GloriaÂ´s success unleashes his most destructive sexual demons and ultimately brings them both down.
The film was made with a top notch team of filmmakers, including producers Matthias Ehrenberg (ITS NOT YOU, ITS ME, THE OTHER FAMILY, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, CHANCE), Barrie M. Osborne (THE GREAT GATSBY, THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy) and Alan B. Curtiss (MASTER AND COMMANDER, THE PRESTIGE), Director of Photography Martin Boege (INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED, THE VIOLIN) and editor Patricia Rommel (THE LIVES OF OTHERS).
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ABOUT RÃO NEGRO
RÃo Negro is a film production company based in Mexico City that produces quality cinema for the Latin American and International markets. Established in 2000 by Matthias Ehrenberg, the company has produced over 20 successful movies, many which have broken BO records in contrives like Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and some that have gained international recognition.