Spanish producers take novel step

Three books picked up for big screen adaptations

BARCELONA — Three novels tubthumped at Barcelona’s 2nd MIDA Ibero-American Audiovisual Rights Market have been optioned by Spanish pic producers for big screen adaptations.

Barcelona-based Beat Produccions has redo rights to Lola Z. Kodak’s “Tuya o mia?,” a comic Mexican roadmovie teaming a fortune-telling prostitute and a stylish art history teacher as unlikely travel companions.

Belen Carmona’s “La estrella de Santaco,” a dramedy “rumbanovel,” about the multiple emotional ups-and-downs of morgue cleaner Paqui, went to A. Contraluz Films.

Galicia’s Vaca Films bought movie and TV rights to Domingo Villar’s “Ojos de agua,” a potentially Galicia-set noirer about a passionate settling of old scores.

More book rights are currently under negotiation.

A pitching forum held during the Barcelona Book Fair, running Nov. 11-12, MIDA sees writers and agents talking up literary properties to an audience of producers and broadcast execs.

The adaptation mini-mart also provides an update on literary-based projects now in development but seeking top-up coin.

Organized by Catalonia’s Center of Audiovisual Development, like the characters of “Tuya o mia?,” MIDA is taking to the road.

Through Oct.10-14, MIDA will take exhibition space at Germany’s Frankfurt Book Fair, which has a key focus this year on Catalan culture.

Before that, a city-shuttling MIDA will tubthump its activities at Berlin Film Festival, plus the London and Bologna book fairs and the Monaco Intl. Cinema and Literature Forum, MIDA director Pere Roca told Daily Variety.

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