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Filmax nabs ‘Kidnapped’

Pic is Vaca's follow up to 'Cell 211'

PARIS — Consolidating yet further its reputation as Spain’s prime port of call for genre pictures, Barcelona-based Filmax Intl. continues to carve out partnerships with premier young Spanish production houses.

In its latest move, Filmax has acquired worldwide rights outside Spain and France to horror thriller “Secuestrados” (Kidnapped), helmed by Miguel Angel Vivas (“Reflejos”).

Pic marks Spanish production company Vaca Films’ follow up to its 2009 sleeper hit “Cell 211.”

Grossing Euros12.8 million ($15.5 million) in Spain in February, “211” swept six Spanish Academy Goyas, including best pic, and has been sold by France’s Films Distribution to more than 20 territories, including the U.S., where IFC acquired rights.

“211” also established a business model at Vaca of genre productions with contempo issue backdrops made in international co-production and sold by name sales agents.

“Kidnapped” conforms to this mold. It is produced by Vaca, Spain’s Blur Producciones and France’s La Fabrique 2.

Pic chronicles how three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards. But the family fights back — brutally.

“‘Kidnapped’ is a highly realistic thriller, with snatches of horror and echoes of ‘The Strangers’ and ‘Funny Games,’ but portraying a more physical than psychological violence,” said Borja Pena, who produces “Kidnapped” for Vaca with Emma Lustres.

Filmax Intl. CEO Vicente Canales said Filmax would present a promo and screenplay to buyers at the upcoming Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings, which run June 20-22.

Shooting in Las Rozas, a Madrid dormitory town, “Kidnapped,” which is made up of 12 sequence shots, should be ready for fall fest play,” Pena said.

Since early 2010, Filmax Intl. has pulled down international rights to a string of high-profile pics in Spain, including Oskar Santos’ “For the Good of Others,” produced by Mod Producciones, the Apaches-produced “Verbo,” and “Agnosia,” from Roxbury Pics and Madrugada. All three are, moreover, Telecinco Cinema productions.

Vaca has two films in pre-production: Daniel Calparsoro’s “Invasor” and Manu Sarabia’s “Nowhere.”

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