L.A. based company buys rights to drama

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain — In an early deal at the San Sebastian Festival, Los Angeles-based Figa Films has taken all North American rights to “Por sus propios ojos” (Through Her Own Eyes).

The feature debut of Argentine Liliana Paolinelli, “Eyes” turns on a film student who investigates the relationship between prisoners and the women in their families.

Figa distribution VP Alex Garcia and head of acquisitions Sandro Fiorin, Paolinelli and the film’s exec producer, Paula Grandio, struck the deal at San Sebastian.

Figa will release the film theatrically in 2008.

The distribution house specializes in picking up Spanish and Latin American films for the U.S., having taken all rights to Brazil’s “Alice’s House” at the Miami fest.

In another San Sebastian deal, Bavaria Films Intl. sold Cannes player “El bano del papa” (The Pope’s Toilet) to Bernardo Zupnik’s Distribution Co. for Argentina and to Weisner Distribution for Puerto Rico.

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