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Helming debuts draw chirps in Canary Islands

'Nameless' makes a scene

LANZAROTE, Canary Islands — Directorial debuts drew the most interest at the first Spanish Film Screenings for Europe, which wrapped here Saturday.

According to distribs, the standout title at the three-day mini-market was Jaume Balaguero’s horror pic “The Nameless.” Sold by Filmax Intl., Balaguero’s debut chalked up major territory sales at Mifed.

Sales agents from Spain and abroad circled Daniel Monzon’s “The Warrior’s Heart,” a special effects film that turns on a Madrid teen who believes he’s a Conan-type warrior in another world. Bowing in January, “Heart” is one of Spain’s major commercial bets for the new year.

Other titles currying market buzz included Sogepaq Intl.’s “Park Bench,” a relaxed Rohmeresque take on contempo relationships; love drama “I Will Survive,” from Aurum; politico drama “Yoyes,” about a repentant terrorist; Mateo Gil’s Seville-set thriller “Nobody Knows Anybody”; and “Just Run,” a social meller from Saura Medrano.

The Screenings’ pilot edition saw some technical problems, including projection system snafus, but most invited distribs agreed that, driven by a seemingly bottomless well of new directorial talent, the Spanish film industry merits its own mini-market and the Screenings should become an annual fixture.

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