Film among those pitched at meeting
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain — Helmer Simon West’s biopic “Dali” was among 35 projects presented at the third Ile de France and Madrid Film Commission’s Co-Production Meeting at the San Sebastian Film Festival on Tuesday.The e19 million ($25.7 million) pic about the Catalan painter teams Blighty’s Stonelock Pictures with Spain’s MPC. Projects pitched at the meet come from France and Spain. Among titles unveiled was Flamenco Films’ $10.8 million “Durruti,” an adventure film structured as a Spain-France-Mexico-Argentina co-production. “Amarilis (El ultimo amor de Lope de Vega),” a historical drama produced by Cre-Accion Films that has director Vicente Aranda (“Mad Love”) attached, and horror comedy “Resurrectores,” produced by Continental Prods., were other projects being tubthumped. Ile de France and the Madrid Film Commission organized the first co-production meeting in 2005. First fruit includes Javier Rebollo’s romantic drama “Lo que se de Lola.” A co-production of France’s Lazennec and Spain’s Lolita Films and Malvarrosa Media, “Lola” premiered last year in competition at San Sebastian. Ile de France and the Madrid Film Commission also form part of European network Capital Regions for Cinema, whose other partners are Berlin’s Medienboard and Italy’s All Set Roma-Lazio Film Commission. “To produce films these days, you need to have a European footing. We have strong bases in our regions,” said Ile de France Film Commission exec director Olivier Veillon. A recent example of CRC member collaboration is Matt Damon starrer “The Bourne Ultimatum,” partially shot in Madrid and Paris. On Oct. 2, CRC will make a presentation to indie North American producers in New York. “We want to show that we can offer them unique and complementary aid working with the four commissions,” said Manuel Soria, general director of the Madrid Film Commission.
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