Allied bags int’l rights to ‘Baron’

Hollywood distrib to sell Spanish pic at AFM

West Hollywood-based film distrib Allied Entertainment Group has taken worldwide rights outside Spain to B-movie tribute “El Baron contra los demonios” (The Baron Against the Demons).

Set in 2097, the comicbook-inspired movie mixes futuristic and medieval aesthetics. It narrates the adventures of the Baron, an enigmatic superhero who leads a crusade waged by a religious-military organization against the forces of evil.

On a mission, the Baron is taken prisoner by a witch who steals his sperm to fertilize a beast.

The fantasy pic’s first screenings will take place at the upcoming AFM, Allied’s manager Wilma Enders told Daily Variety.

With a E715,000 ($870,000) budget, “Baron” is a Spanish co-production of La Mirada Producciones (45%), Ribefex (45%) and Canary Islands regional pubcaster TVPC (10%).

Long-mooted project is written and directed by Catalan Ricardo Ribelles.

Outdoor sequences were shot in the national parks of Catalonia and the Canary Islands, including on Tenerife’s El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain.

“Baron” finished post-production at La Mirada’s studios in Tenerife in early October.

Ana Sanchez-Gijon’s La Mirada has a long history of producing shorts for talented young helmers. It snagged an Oscar nom in 1997 for Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s live-action short “Esposados” (Linked). It also produced “Ruleta,” the first short by Roberto Santiago, who went on to helm “The Longest Penalty in the World,” the second highest-grossing Spanish pic this year.

Deal was announced at the inaugural Intl. Historical Film Festival of La Laguna, which ran Oct. 13-15 in Tenerife.

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