'Dias de cine' kicks off pic pact
producer of the $28 million Viggo Mortensen starrer “Alatriste,” which included mainstream contempo comedies hits such as “El otro lado de la cama” (which scored a box office gross of $15 million), its sequel “Los dos lados de la cama” ($9.3 million gross) and soccer team story “Soccer Days” ($14.6 million gross). “El otro lado” was a Stateside release from the Sundance Channel. The first Telespan-Telecinco slate produced two other U.S. pickups: porn industry comedy “Torremolinos 73,” acquired by Gotham’s First Run Fea-tures, and Madrid music-scene comedy “El Calentito,” licensed by Sogepaq Intl. to Philadelphia-based distributor TLA Releasing at Berlin’s EFM this month. “With Telespan we’ve produced some of the most successful recent Spanish films. Telespan’s productions rep the line of product that interests Telecinco,” said Alvaro Augustin, Telecinco’s head of Spanish and European cinema. Per Augustin, the deal has no limits in film genre, nor budget and some pics will be made by first-timers. Telecinco takes free-to-air rights and up to 50% of budget on the new slate’s titles. All pic will air Telecinco prime-time.