AltaVista eyes hook-up

Firm needs partners for more ambitious projects

SAN SEBASTIAN — Mexico’s AltaVista Films, the hottest film production company in Latin America, is in talks with four potential Spanish partners: giant film-TV conglom Sogecable, production house Cartel, fast-growing producer-distrib Filmax and Spanish-lingo powerhouse Telefonica Media, AltaVista prexy Federico Gonzalez Compean told Daily Variety.

AltaVista needs co-production partners in order to realize more ambitious projects that will reach international auds versus smaller pics targeted primarily at the domestic Mexican market, he said.

“That’s why we are in Spain at this festival — as well as to show that we are a serious company,” Gonzalez said.

To that end, AltaVista hosted a blowout party Sunday at the San Sebastian Film Festival for its three pics: the world preeming “Without a Trace,” from director Maria Novaro (“Danzon”), a co-production with Mexico’s Tabasco Films and Spain’s Tornasol; Juan Carlos de Llaca’s “Por La Libre”; and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Amores perros,” already a Mexican B.O. smash, winner of the Cannes Critics Week prize and one of the standouts at San Sebastian.

AltaVista has already teamed with Telefonica Media, Cartel and Spanish music company Sagliocco on a biopic of Mexican singer-songwriter Agustin Lara, but that project lacks a script.

Shooting is frosh helmer Gustavo Loza’s kiddie pic “The Soccer Dream.” The genre has long been ignored in Mexico, Gonzalez Compean said.

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