Indie Circle opens its ‘Eyes’

Spanish pic makes strong domestic opening

ROME — “Take My Eyes,” Spanish director Iciar Bollain’s domestic violence drama, which was among the standout titles at the San Sebastian Film Festival, has been acquired by the recently formed Indie Circle consortium of five European arthouse distribs.

Italy’s Lucky Red, France’s Haut et Court, Holland’s A-Film, Belgium’s Cineart and Switzerland’s Frenetic Films comprise the Paris-based Indie Circle. They bought “Take My Eyes” from Sogepaq, Spanish paybox Sogecable’s distribution arm.

Bollain’s subtly textured drama nabbed male and female acting nods in San Sebastian for thesps Luis Tosar and Laia Marull.

Co-produced and distributed by Alta Films, “Take My Eyes” opened strongly last weekend in Spain to a robust e4,000 ($4,600)-per-screen average.

“It’s a film on a powerful subject that is not usually talked about,” Lucky Red topper Andrea Occhipinti said.

“Of course, in France male domestic abuse is now a hot issue after the killing of actress Marie Trintignant,” he added. “But it is rarely mentioned in Italy, where it is certainly a widespread problem.”

“Take My Eyes” is Indie Circle’s second joint acquisition after the Afghan drama “Osama,” directed by Siddiq Barmak, which the five partners picked up in Cannes and will each release in their respective territories in January.

“One of the advantages of our alliance is that we can come up with a common marketing plan. This gives us the opportunity to cut costs on things such as trailers, posters and talent travel and accommodation expenses,” Occhipinti said.

Indie Circle will also be collaborating on DVD distribution.

The pan-European buying consortium — which besides completed product wants to board projects in early stages of development — is run by former Polygram exec Chris Mercier.

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