MADRID — Spain’s top arthouse distributor-exhibitor Alta Films has closed Spanish rights on William H. Macy’s directorial debut, the coming-of-age comedy “Keep Coming Back,” starring Salma Hayek and Steve Buscemi.
Deal was inked at last month’s Cannes market with London-based sales agent ContentFilm.
Alta also inked with Paris-based Roissy Films on the France-Lebanon co-production “Caramel,” a comedy that played in Directors’ Fortnight.
Written and directed by Lebanese actress Nadine Labaki, “Caramel” narrates the story of five women from different generations and religions who meet in a Beirut beauty salon.
Andrey Nekrasov’s documentary “Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case,” about the Russian security service agent Alexander Litvinenko, murdered last November in London, was also picked up by Alta from French sales agent Rezo.
“We have been buying cautiously at Cannes,” Alta’s head of acquisitions Enrique Gonzalez Kuhn told Daily Variety in Madrid.
Gonzalez Kuhn’s caution has a logical explanation: Beyond languishing B.O. and rampant piracy in Spain, local arthouse distribbers are waiting for visibility on the new art film acquisition policy of Spanish pubcaster RTVE.
RTVE’s cultural service La 2 is the only Spanish free-to-air nationwide channel that regularly broadcasts arthouse pics.