Competition titles attract heat

The San Sebastian Film Festival saw a flurry of international sales deals as the event drew to a close, underscoring hiked biz at this year’s event.

Germany’s the Match Factory sold Wayne Wang’s competish player “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers” and his Zabaltegi sidebar pic “The Princess of Nebraska” to Pascual Condito’s Buenos Aires-based distribution house Primer Plano.

A regional distrib, Primer Plano added Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia to the Wang duo. Primer Plano also took rights to “Emma’s Bliss,” another Match Factory title, for Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile. Another Match Factory competish player, German TV satire “Reclaim Your Brain” went to Brazil’s Providence.

In other deals, Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based Filmsharks Intl. has licensed all Chinese rights on Sergio Bayo’s alien planet-set toonpic “Teo, Inter-Galactic Hunter” to UCG Ent.

Los Angeles-based FIGa Films took North America rights to Liliana Paolinelli’s “Por sus propios ojos” (Through Her Own Eyes).

The fest has driven a clutch of all-rights for Spain as local distributors seek to close down the most prominent unsold competition titles.

Top Spanish arthouse distributor Alta Films has taken all Spanish rights on Nick Broomfield’s Iraq war drama “Battle for Haditha,” which was in San Sebastian’s Official Section.

Bavaria Films sold Anahi Bernari’s “Encarnacion” to Wanda on the back of the film’s San Sebastian competish selection. “San Sebastian gives you critics and an audience reaction, which is important,” said TF1 Intl.’s Anna Marsh, who saw a bullish reaction to Spanish coming-of-ager “Suso’s Tower,” from first-timer Tom Fernandez.

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