117 buyers have signed on, 74% from Europe
MADRID — Mar Coll’s “Three Days With the Family,” Oskar Santos’ “For the Good of Others” and Miguel Albaladejo’s “Born to Suffer” look like potential standouts at next week’s 5th Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings.A dedicated showcase for Spanish movies, aiming to power sales and foreign press coverage, Madrid de Cine runs June 20-22 at Alta Films’ downtown Princesa arthouse. A perceptive anatomy of a Catalan family gathered for a funeral, “Three Days” bore out its rep as Spain’s best debut last year, winning the first-time director Spanish Academy Goya in February. Imagina Intl. Sales has taken on sales duties. Produced by Alejandro Amenabar, Fernando Bovaira’s Mod Prods. and Telecinco Cinema, “Others” has been steadily clocking up sales for Filmax Intl. A hospital drama with supernatural flourishes toplining Eduardo Noriega (“Vantage Point”), “Others” co-stars Belen Rueda (“The Orphanage”). Nailing the power-play of a manipulative mother-figure, “Suffer,” as “Others,” played Berlin’s Panorama section. Like the U.K. Focus and Unifrance’s Paris Rendez-Vous, on which it’s modelled, this year’s Madrid de Cine hosts few big new movies. One, Guillem Morales’ “Julia’s Eyes,” also toplining Rueda, will screen in a 15-minute promo seen at Cannes. But, pushed back two weeks, Madrid de Cine has allowed sales agents time to make new pick ups. The result is a flurry of market preems, such as the Latido-sold English-language “El Discipulo,” a portrait of Jesus from Emilio Ruiz Barrachina, and Manuel Huerga’s intimist space mission docu “Diario de un astronauta,” sold by Imagina. Another market preem, Alex Colls’ “The Happets,” will, like Jordi Llompart’s “Magic Journey to Africa,” receive a digital 3D screening. A total 117 buyers have signed on for Madrid de Cine, 74% from Europe. “Though Spain has close contacts with Latin America, Europe remains without doubt Spanish cinema’s core market,” said Pedro Perez, prexy of Fapae producer association at the event’s presentation Tuesday in Madrid. U.S. companies HBO, Lap TV, Magnolia Pics, Strand Releasing, TLA Ent. Group and Venevision Intl. have confirmed their presence. France’s MK2, Ocean Films and Wild Bunch Distribution, Germany’s Atlas, Arsenal, Kinowelt, Square One and Universum, Italy’s Fandango, Lucky Red, Medusa and Mikado, and Blighty’s Momentum, Optimum and Paramount Pics Intl. also look set to attend. In an innovation, the foreign press has pre-screened pics using a VeoSpain VOD service. The system will soon be offered to Spanish sales agents for use by potential buyers, said Enrique Cerezo, prexy of Spain’s Egeda producers rights society, which has pioneered the system with Spanish film VOD service Filmotech.