Pick-up first third-party acquisition since 'Warrior'

MADRID — Underscoring its new policy of third-party pick-ups, Filmax Intl. has acquired international distribution rights to Pau Freixa’s merchant ship thriller, “Camara oscura” (Deadly Cargo).

Bowing in Spain Aug. 27 on 147 screens to a respectable first 10-day E419,526 ($515,695), “Cargo” is about scuba divers who, after an accident, seek refuge on a ship that has been seajacked by pirates.

The deal comes a day after Filmax announced that it would rep foreign sales on psychiatric clinic thriller “Hypnos,” from David Carreras.

The pick-ups are Filmax’s first third-party acquisition since it handled Daniel Monzon’s “The Heart of the Warrior,” way back in 2000.

At a time when the regional government of Catalonia is debating ways of increasing the export of Catalan productions, the two deals confirm Barcelona-based Filmax as the region’s prime export company, with a strong line in new directors. Both “Cargo” and “Hypnos” are debut features.

The accords also link Filmax with other Barcelona film companies. “Cargo” was co-produced by distribber Manga Films, as well as Iris Star and Telecinco production arm Estudios Picasso. “Hypnos” is produced by Barcelona media giant, DeAPlaneta.

Filmax will screen footage of “Cargo” at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, while introducing “Hypnos” to buyers there.

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