H’wood off to Spain

Pic showcases replace Lanzarote series

New Line Cinema, Focus Features, the Weinstein Co., Paramount Vantage, Miramax Films and HBO are among a strong U.S. company turnout announced for Madrid’s Spanish Film Screenings.

Screenings, which replace the Lanzarote Winter Film Screenings, run Sunday through Tuesday.

Madrid’s city hall, regional political authorities and city-based film bodies have thrown their weight behind the pilot edition.

“Madrid is home to 60% of Spain’s film producers and distributors and 75% of the production industry,” said Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, justifying the Screenings.

In all, 105 international distribution companies have signed up plus 17 potential Euro co-producers, led by France’s Wild Bunch, and some 20 European journos.

“Barring France, the distributor lineup is pretty impressive,” said Sogecine/Sogepaq topper Simon de Santiago. Fifty-one Spanish films will unspool. Most are known from Cannes or before, which may prompt complaints from buyers.

Titles that have had little exposure include Jose Luis Cuerda’s “The Education of Fairies,” Daniel Monzon’s “The Kovak Box,” Oscar Aibar’s “Dance Machine,” Fernando Camara’s “Trastorno” and Maria Ripoll’s “Your Life in 65 Minutes.”

Events include a Monday morning round table on European production and new media, splashes thrown by Latido and Sogepaq, plus Screenings cocktails in Madrid’s Retiro, Post Office and Teatro Real.

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