Adolfo Blanco ramping up Contracorriente Films

MADRID — Adolfo Blanco, one of Spain’s most seasoned film execs, is returning to the frontline — launching arthouse distribution shingle A Contracorriente Films.

The Barcelona-based company will distribute six-to-eight films a year in Spain, specializing in popular arthouse titles and taking all rights to Spain on films. It also aims to enter production.

“Our first releases will be European indie titles with the potential to reach a broad audience,” Blanco said.

Early pickups include Roadside Attractions’ “The Cove,” bought from London-based sales agent The Works Intl., which is Academy Award-nominated for documentary feature and a Sundance 2009 Audience Award winner.

Blanco’s shingle has also closed Spain on a standout at last month’s Unifrance Paris Rendez-Vous, Kinology-sold romantic comedy “Heartbreaker,” with Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis, as well as Denys Granier-Deferre’s comedy “The Wedding Cake,” from Films Distribution.

A Contracorriente will also handle DVD distribution, with emphasis on classic titles.

Blanco is a vet distribution topper at Filmax, DeAPlaneta and Notro Films, which he founded and folded into film conglom Vertice 360. He left Vertice in Nov. 2008.

“The team and shareholders who will drive this new company forward are largely the same as at the original Notro Films a few years ago,” Blanco said. “We look forward to recovering the original spirit of Notro.”

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