Manga takes ‘Crossing Over’

Distrib picks up 'Lennon'

MADRID — Barcelona-based distributor Manga Films’ top acquisition was the Weinstein Co.’s immigration drama “Crossing Over,” toplining Harrison Ford and Sean Penn.

It also inked with Lakeshore on political documentary “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” and signed with Bleiberg Ent. for Un Certain Regard “The Band’s Visit,” Eran Kolirin’s story of an Egyptian band stranded in an Israeli town.

Manga will distribute 24 titles theatrically in Spain this year.

According to prexy Luis de Val, “Cannes has been calm. Spanish buyers have thought it through before closing deals.”

“It’s been frustrating,” said Golem Distribucion partner Pedro Zaratiegui. “There has been a lack of product which connects with the audience.”

But the bullish, Pamplona-based, arthouse closed Spanish rights on five titles during the market, including official competish “The Edge of Heaven,” Fatih Akin’s German-Turkish drama, taken from the Match Factory, and Cristian Mongiu’s Romanian drama “4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days,” acquired from Wild Bunch.

From Bavaria Films Golem took Un Certain Regard’s tragic- comedy “The Pope’s Toilet,” helmed by Uruguay’s Enrique Fernandez and Cesar Charone and produced by Oscar-nominated Fernando Meirelles’ 02 Filmes.

Other Golem pickups includes Cannes closer “Days of Darkness,” formerly known as “The Age of Ignorance,” from StudioCanal and, from Dreamachine, Christopher Zalla’s Mexican immigrants thriller “Padre nuestro,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2007.

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