Spanish film mini-mart tunes trio

Three-day event to run on Atlantic isle of Lanzarote

MADRID — Manuel Iborra’s “Tiempos de azucar,” Juan Vicente Cordoba’s “Aunque tu no lo sepas” and Ventura Pons’ “Anita no pierde el tren” have been chosen as the gala evening pics for the second Spanish Film Screenings for Europe.

A three-day mini-mart for Spanish films, the screenings will run Nov. 29- Dec. 1 on the Atlantic isle of Lanzarote, one of Spain’s Canary Islands.

“Tiempos de azucar” is the first romantic meller from Iborra, a veteran comedy screenwriter-turned-helmer.

Another long-term love drama, “Aunque” screened to praise at the recent San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival.

“Anita” is the latest film — and a return to comedy — by prolific Barcelona-based auteur Pons.

Video vessel

In all, 32 Spanish pics will screen at Lanzarote, mostly on digital video. Market premieres skedded include teen love drama “Less Is More,” a B.O. hit in Spain; “Sagitario,” the awaited directorial debut of acclaimed Spanish novelist Vicente Molina Foix; and femme heist movie “El Palo,” from Eva Lesmes.

Some 42 buyers will attend the event — 33 from Europe, five from Japan and four from the U.S. — including execs from Miramax Films, Gaumont, UGC Intl., TF1, Telepiu, Universal, Channel Four, Warner Bros. and Buena Vista Intl.

(Emiliano de Pablos contributed to this report.)

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