MADRID — French sales company Flach Pyramide Intl. has taken international rights outside Spain and the U.K. to Benito Zambrano’s Cuban music scene pic “Habana Blues,” follow-up to his acclaimed feature debut, “Solas” (Alone).
In a pioneering deal, pic is being backed by Warner Bros. Spain, and WB will handle distribution in Spain and the U.S. Run by head of sales Eric Lagesse, Flach Pyramide will be looking for pre-sales on “Habana” at Cannes.
Produced by Antonio Perez at Seville’s Maestranza Films with co-production equity from France’s Pyramide Prods. and Cuba’s Icaic, “Habana” will open May 17 in Cuba. It has also received funding from Ibermedia and Eurimages co-production funds, Spanish pubcaster TVE and paybox Sogecable.
Pic toplines relative unknown Cuban thesps Alberto Joel Garcia Osorio and Roberto Alvarez Perez as two struggling musicians intent on scoring a multirecord deal from two Spanish producers who have come to Cuba to scout for new local talent. But the deal involves personal commitments that both are loath to accept. Cast is fleshed out by Spanish actress Marta Calvo.
The film will feature gigs by the musicians, and the score will include rock, hip-hop and Caribbean reggae tracks. Pic will feature multiple Cuban songs played by the actors and draws on Zambrano’s own infancy spent in Havana.
“Zambrano has prepared the film meticulously. The film has a large musical appeal. Much is Cuban underground music which isn’t at all well known,” said Perez. “We’re hoping the film will go the same way as ‘Solas,’ which won the audience award at Berlin and sold to more than 50 countries.”