Spanish distributor specializes in Asian pics

MADRID — Barcelona-based boutique distrib Mediatres Estudio has nabbed Spanish DVD and TV rights to Japanese helmer-scribe Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s supernatural horror pics “Loft” and “Seance.”

Deal was inked with South Korea’s sales and production company Mirovision.

Since it started operations five years ago, Mediatres has held an agreement with Warner Bros. Home Video in Spain. This sees WB handling DVD physical distribution and VOD sales rights on the film titles Mediatres acquires.

“Loft” and “Seance” will be released on DVD this spring under the hallmark Winds of Asia, Mediatres’ specialized brand for Far East cinema.

Mediatres will attend Berlin’s upcoming European Film Market to shop for feature films that have been B.O. hits in Asian countries, received awards in festivals, or include top above-the-line talent.

In March 9, Mediatres and WB release on DVD South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk’s fantastic drama “Dream,” taken from Seoul-based sales agent Showbox.

Beyond a recent sale to Catalan pubcaster TV3 of free-to-air TV rights on Kurosawa’s chiller “Cure,” real-life inspired comedy “Hula Girls” and action-drama “Dororo,” Mediatres’ main biz comes from Spain’s contracting DVD market and growing new media windows.

“Asian cinema has a limited but very loyal fan-base in Spain,” said Mediatres’ head of acquisitions Alejandro Fernandez. “Its audiences have increased in recent years mainly thanks to VOD services such as Telefonica’s IPTV Imagenio and cable operator ONO.”

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