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‘Habana Blues’ sold in a Flach

Sales group takes Benito Zambrano's 'Solas' follow-up to Cannes

MADRID — French sales company Flach Pyramide International has taken international sales rights outside Spain and the U.K. to Cuban music scene set “Habana Blues,” Benito Zambrano’s long-awaited follow-up to his acclaimed feature deb “Solas” (Alone).

In a pioneering deal “Habana Blues” 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 this year’s Cannes film fest.

Produced by Antonio Perez at Seville’s Maestranza Films with co-production equity from France’s Pyramide Prods. and Cuba’s ICAIC, “Habana” will roll from May 17 in Cuba. It has also rereceived funding from Ibermedia and Eurimages co-prod funds, Spanish pubcaster TVE and paybox Sogecable.

Pic toplines relative unknown Cuban thesps Alberto Joel Garcia Osorio and Roberto Alvarez Perez as two struggling Cuban musicians intent on scoring a multi-record deal from two Spanish producers who have come to Cuba to scout for new local talent. But the deal involves personal commitments which both are loath to accept. Cast is fleshed out by Spanish actress Marta Calvo.

The story-line features gigs by the musicians, and the score will includerock, 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.

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