Filmax goes Gaga over pic trio

Co. also nabs rights to spider gore fest 'Arachnid'

MADRID — Barcelona-based mini-major Filmax has licensed Japanese rights on three pics to Gaga Communications, one of the deepest-pocketed, if selective, buyers at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Deal with the Japanese company was struck at the fest and was one of the biggest Spanish film sales there.

The trifold accord is led by Jaume Balaguero’s English-lingo supernatural thriller “Darkness,” for which Dimension picked up all English-speaking territory rights last fall. The other pics are Carlos Saura’s latest, “Bunuel and King Solomon’s Table” and “Second Name” from first-timer Paco Plaza.

Amid a slew of deals confirming the lure of English-lingo horror fare from Spain, Filmax also has closed U.K. rights to spider gore fest “Arachnid” with Home Entertainment.

HBO meanwhile has taken U.S. pay TV rights to comedy “Compassionate Sex.”

Having established a Discovery production label for new helmers, which includes “Second Name,” Filmax is setting up a Filmax Masters production banner, kicked off by Saura’s “Bunuel.”

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