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Xenon Pictures acquires Amexicano

MUMBAI: Xenon Pictures has acquired North American rights to Amexicano, starring 2008 Grammy nominee Jennifer Pena, in a mid-six figure deal. The film is slated for a summer release.


Amexicano, helmed by Matthew Bonifacio, made its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and recently won the Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature at the 2008 Sonoma Valley Film Festival.


The film also stars Manny Perez (Bella, El Cantante), newcomer Raul Castillo, and Carmine Famiglietti, who has also written the film.


Famiglietti and Bonifacio are the producers of the film through their production company, The Brooklyn-Queens Experiment, in association with Madison Park Pictures. Cesar A Baez and Stephen Ashkinos are the executive producers of the film.

"We wanted to put a face on the undocumented day laborers in America," said Bonifacio.


"With the coming presidential election, immigration is obviously going to be a major issue. We feel Amexicano allows the audience to look at the face of an illegal alien and decide for themselves if our nation is making the right choices," said Famiglietti.


Adding further, Xenon chief operating officer Steve Housden said, "The political aspects of the film are certainly intriguing and mirror (in a very different way) those that made A Day Without a Mexican such a success for us. But just like with A Day Without a Mexican, Amexicano is enjoyable entertainment, rather than bare political discourse."

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