Pic in running for Malaga prize

MALAGA — Barcelona-based mini-major Notro Films has taken worldwide rights on Felix Viscarret’s eagerly awaited first feature, “Bajo las estrellas” (“Under the stars”).

“Stars” world preemed Thursday Mar 15 at the Malaga Film Festival.

It was one of the only Malaga competish players to draw near unanImous praise from local scribes and rates as a frontrunner for Malaga’s top Golden Biznaga, announced Saturday.

Produced by Cristina Huete and Academy Award-winning director Fernando Trueba (“Belle Epoque”), “Stars” has a washed-up musician returning to his pueblo and falling for a mother and spunky daughter.

“Notro aims to distribute quality films which have some commercial potential like ‘Stars’,” Raquel Luque, Notro’s head of international sales, said.

Pic bears the hallmarks of a new generation of Spanish film-makers who have made a big impact at Malaga.

Viscarret calls it “a village road-movie-cum-western”.

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