KWA nabs ‘Carmen’ int’l rights

Pic stars Vega, Sbaraglia

MADRID — Madrid-based indie sales house Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has picked up international sales rights outside Spain, Italy and the U.K. for one of the biggest budgeted Spanish films of the year, Vicente Aranda’s “Carmen,” starring Paz Vega (“Talk to Her”) and Leonardo Sbaraglia (“Intact”).

The deal comes as Spanish sales consortium the Pi Group has acquired worldwide rights outside Spain on B.O. smash hit “El oro de Moscu” (Moscow Gold) and “Hotel Danubio,” both co-produced by Enrique Cerezo P.C.

Spanish-lingo “Carmen” is Aranda’s follow up to obsessed Queen Joan bio “Mad Love.” It casts “Carmen” as a classic case of amour fou between a love-struck Spanish soldier (Sbaraglia) and the sexually free-wheeling Carmen (Paz). Pic is tipped for a major fest birth this fall.

” ‘Carmen’ is erotic, exotic, exhilarating and authentic,” said Williams.

Pic will make its international market debut at next month’s Cannes Film Festival, as will two other KWA-sold pics: Carlos Lacerda’s Latin comedy caper “Viva Zapato” (Sex Changes Everything) and Fernando Sarinana’s Mexican low-life lid-lifter “Ciudades oscuras” (Dark Cities).

Grossing 4.6 million euros ($4.9 million) to date, robbery farce “Moscow Gold” stars a galaxy of Spanish comic actors, led by thesp director

Santiago Segura. Love triangle drama “Hotel Danubio” is directed by Antonio Gimenez-Rico.

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