Spain bows Screenings

Debut pix by Monzon, Medrano, Bardem, Gil highlight event

LANZAROTE, Canary Islands — The first Spanish Film Screenings for Europe, the latest export thrust for Spanish pics, bowed Thursday with one undoubted highlight: the world or market premieres of some of the most eagerly awaited Spanish directorial debuts of the year.

Potential first-feature standouts include critic Daniel Monzon’s “El corazon del guerrero,” a role-playing comedy; social drama “Y tu que harias por amor?” by Saura Medrano, the son of Carlos Saura; “La mujer mas fea del mundo,” the first solo film by Miguel Bardem; and Mateo Gil’s Seville-set thriller “Nadie conoce a nadie.”

The Screenings have attracted all of the top Spain-based film sales agents and 43 European sales agents and distributors from Europe, including UGC Intl., Miramax, TF1 Intl., Kirch Media, Lucky Red and Brussels Ave.

“The buyers who are coming are not always the biggest in Europe but ones which have already demonstrated their commitment to Spanish films, and that’s highly positive,” said producer Thierry Forte of France’s DMVD production house.

Three-day event is conceived as “the first step toward the creation of a Unifrance-style promotion body in Spain,” said Gerardo Herreo, prexy of producers body Fapae, one of the Screenings’ organizers. The idea is eventually to extend the Screenings to buyers from outside Europe.

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