Sogepaq picks up ‘Patitas’

Deal extends relationship with prodco Tesela

HUELVA — Top Spanish distribution and sales company Sogepaq has acquired international rights to the improbably titled comedy-musical “Por que se frotan las patitas?” (literally, Why Do They Rub Their Little Forelegs?), a hit at this week’s Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival.

Crowd-pleasing pic world preemed to noisy applause on Saturday at the 32th Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival, which it opened.

Sogepaq has also taken Spanish home entertainment rights. Enrique Gonzalez Macho’s Alta Classics holds theatrical rights in Spain as part of a multi-year output deal with one of the pic’s producers, Tesela.

Deal extends a long-running relationship between Sogepaq and Tesela, which struck a five-pic deal with Tesela for international and domestic video in August 2005. That deal lapsed earlier this year.

Spangled by dance scenes featuring contempo-flamenco and retro cover versions of Spanish pop classics, “Patitas” turns on a fortysomething man who is suddenly abandoned by his wife, ill mother and awkward adolescent daughter.

Pic marks the feature film debut of Alvaro Begines, founder and guitarist of rural rock group No Me Pises Que Llevo Chanclas. The film is co-produced by one of Andalucia edgiest production houses, Zanfona, which teamed with Tesela on three standout pics from young Andalusian directors, Alberto Rodriguez’s “Siete Virgenes,” and Santi Amodeo’s “Astronauts” and “Dog Head.”

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