Notro takes ‘El Greco’

Drama was a hit in Greece

MADRID — Spanish sales agent Notro Intl. has taken international rights on European co-production “El Greco,” a biopic of the 16th-century painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better know as El Greco.

A co-production between Greece’s Alexandros Films, Spain’s La Productora and Hungary’s Tivoli Film, “Greco’s” script is a free adaptation of the book “The Painter of God,” a fictionalized biography by writer Dimitris Siatopoulos.

Narrated as an epic tale of artistic endeavor, pic focuses on El Greco’s search for freedom during a life split between the island of Crete, where he was born, Venice and Toledo in Spain, where he finally settled, and ran into problems with the Spanish Inquisition.

“Greco” is directed by Iannis Smaragdis. British actor Nick Ashdon plays El Greco, accompanied by Spanish thesps Juan Diego Botto and Laia Marull.

Film include English, Greek and Spanish dialogue. Greek musician Vangelis composed “El Greco’s” original score.

“El Greco” was the second biggest local hit at the Greek box office last year, selling near 850,000 tickets. Manga Films will distribute the film in Spain.

With a Euros 6.5 million ($10.4 million) budget, “Greco” is the biggest title Notro Intl. has handled since its 2006 launch.

Notro Intl. forms part of Spanish arthouse-crossover producer-distributor Notro Films, which was purchased last year by Spanish media conglom Vertice 360.

Notro Intl.’s recent deals include the sale of North American rights to IFC on psychological thriller “Fermat’s Room” following its screening last April in the Tribeca Festival Discovery Section.

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