Berlin/Sao Paulo, 1 August 2014 – Berlin based international sales and production outfit, Picture Tree International (PTI), has secured the global distribution rights for the Paulo Coelho biopic “The Pilgrim – the Best Story of Paulo Coelho” from Brazilian production house CUATRO DAMA FILMES.
Undoubtedly one of the most accomplished literary figures of the century, Coelho’s 30 novels have been translated into 80 languages, distributed in 224 countries and sold over 165 million copies. Many know the author of “The Alchemist” as an international celebrity, with faithful followers in the four corners of the world. What only few know is that Coelho’s life story, the main source of inspiration for his work, is even better than fiction. He flirted with death, escaped from madness, experimented with drugs, overcame torture, made Rock and Roll History in Brazil, but never gave up on his biggest dream: to triumph as a writer.
“The Pilgrim – the Best Story of Paulo Coelho” is the compelling story about the man behind the myth.
Julio Andrade (“Serra Pelada”, “Gonzaga de Pai Para Filho”) shares the role of the celebrated writer of “The Alchemist” and “Adultery” with his younger brother, newcomer Ravel Andrade. The cast also features Fabiana Gugli (“Blindness”) and Lucci Ferreira in the role of Coelho’s music partner Raul Seixas. Nancho Novo (“Lovers of The Artic Circle”) and Paz Vega (“Spanglish”, “Sex and Lucia”) are the European stars that complete the cast. “The Pilgrim” is written by celebrated Brazilian screenwriter Carolina Kotscho (“2 Sons Of Francisco”) and directed by documentary filmmaker Daniel Augusto (“Amazônia Desconhecida”).
A Brazilian-Spanish Coproduction, “The Pilgrim” is produced by former Sony Pictures Entertainment Production Executive Iôna de Macêdo (“Lope”) along with Carolina Kotscho, through their São Paulo based company Dama Filmes, and by Spain’s household name Angelica Huete (“Chico & Rita”), through her Babel Films. The film was financed primarily through private investments raised by Brazilian advisory Firm G5|Evercore as well as by local Public Funds.
“The Pilgrim – the Best Story of Paulo Coelho” will have a wide Brazilian release by Sony Pictures on August 14.