Alta shells out for ‘Son’

Pic portrays smothering love of a mother for her son

Spanish indie distributor Alta Classics has picked up all Spanish rights to Martial Fougeron’s French drama “Mon fils a moi” (My Son), the co-winner on Saturday of the Golden Shell award at the 54th San Sebastian Film Festival.

Deal was closed by Alta Classics’ head of acquisitions Enrique Gonzalez Kuhn and Karina Koremblum, a Celluloid Dreams international sales exec.

Co-produced by the Paris-based Moby Dick Films and Why Not Productions, pic portrays the tragically smothering love of a mother for her adolescent son.

“Son” shared the Golden Shell with Kurd Bahman Ghobadi’s road movie “Half Moon.”

Like most Spanish indie distributors, Alta Classics is purchasing more selectively from the international market, squeezed by a downturn in pickups from Spanish free and pay TV operators, Gonzalez Kuhn explained to Daily Variety.

Other Alta acquisitions this year include thriller “The Lives of Others” — Germany’s entry for the foreign language Oscar race, bought from Beta Cinema — and U.S. helmer Dito Montiel’s “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints,” sold by First Look Intl.

Alta Classics is the film distribution arm of Alta Films, Spain’s arthouse producer-distribber-exhibitor group.

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