First pick-up is 'Planes para manana'

MADRID — DeAPlaneta, one of Spain’s most powerful indie sales agents and domestic distributors, is opening up a prestige young directors line.

First acquisition, on which DeAPlaneta is handling international rights, is contempo femme relationship drama “Planes para manana,” from first-time Spanish director Juana Macias.

The sales pick-up comes just as Adolfo Blanco’s indie distrib house A Contracorriente has taken Spanish distribution rights to the film.

Written by producer Juan Moreno, writer Alberto Bermejo and Macias, “Planes” tracks four women, all confronting life-changing decisions: late parenthood, divorce, a new life with a lover and for the youngest, still a teen, life after her mother’s death.

For Macias, “Major changes in life are not the result of quiet and thoughtful reflection but a decision taken on the spur of the moment. It can be in a week, in a day, in a minute.”

Playing in the First Films section at the Montreal World Cinema Festival, which kicks off Thursday, “Planes” is the industry calling card of two production houses, Macias and Moreno’s Teoponte and Audiovisuales del Monte, owned by pic’s cinematographer, Guillermo Sempere.

Extramadura’s Viernes co-produces.

“Planes” sports a distinct European indie air: settings are often stylish, but the film focuses tightly on characters in camerawork and storyline.

Pic’s focus allowed it to be made on a low budget, said Moreno.

” ‘Planes’ is a film that can sell rolling off its large festival potential,” said Gorka Bilbao, DeAPlaneta international sales manager.

After Montreal, “Planes” looks set fora significant fall fest.

Building profile, DeAPlaneta has taken the world outside France, Spain and Latin America on Guillem Morales’ UPI co-produced chiller “Julia’s Eyes,” produced by Guillero del Toro and Rodar y Rodar.

Beyond “Eyes,” its flagship that world preems at Toronto, DeAPlaneta has also built up a strong line in Spanish broad comedies, from “The Friend Zone” to semi- grossout comedy “Brain Drain.”

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