$90 million 3D pic stars Elle Fanning

Indie distrib Flins & Piniculas has taken Spanish rights to Andrei Konchalovsky’s $90 million pic “The Nutcracker in 3D.” The distrib’s most ambitious acquisition to date and its first 3D movie, “The Nutcracker” has been picked up from Russian sales agent Central Partnership.

Shot in Hungary and produced by Konchalovsky and Paul Lowin, “Nutcracker” stars Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane and John Turturro.

Flins plans to release the pic Christmas 2011 on about 400 screens. For that to happen, Spain’s 3D screen total has to grow from the 500 that exist today, many of which are monopolized by mainstream fare — mostly from Hollywood.

In Spain, “access to 3D screens for indie titles has almost collapsed,” Flins co-founder Jaime Comas Jr. told Daily Variety.

Freestyle Releasing and Cinemarket Films bow “Nutcracker” Nov. 24 Stateside.

Launched 10 years ago, Flins specializes in family fare, buying some 10 movies a year to distribute via its own theatrical operation, plus six more titles for the Spanish DVD market, handled by Paramount Home Entertainment Intl. Spain.

December releases in Spain include Norwegian B.O. hit “Magic Silver,” taken from NonStop Sales, and Bavaria-sold animated pic “Little King Macius.”

Other Flins bows next year include biopic “Confucius,” acquired from China’s Dadi Entertainment, and Roberto Girault’s inspirational drama “The Student,” produced by Mexico’s Halo Studio.

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