U.K.’s Optimum catches ‘Julia’s Eyes’

Psycho thriller goes to Scandi, Poland, Greece

MADRID — Spanish mini-major DeAPlaneta has sold the Focus Features Intl. co-produced “Julia’s Eyes” to Will Clarke’s Optimum Releasing in the U.K. “Eyes” reteams “The Orphanage” producers Guillermo del Toro and Barcelona’s Rodar and Rodar.

The project originated at Rodar, where Joaquin Padro will produce with partner Mar Targarona. Antena 3 Films, Mesfilms and TV3 also produce. “Eyes” is directed by Guillem Morales (“An Uncertain Guest”). It has been picked up by Cinema Mondo for Scandinavia, Kino Swiat for Poland and Greece’s Rosebud.

Struck at Berlin, the sales rolled off a three-minute promo and screenplay, said DeAPlaneta sales manager Laia Medina.

Now in post, “Eyes” should be ready for presentation at the Toronto Film Festival in the fall, Padro said.The deals kick off the sales campaign on one of the most eagerly awaited Spanish productions of this year.

Like Rodrigo Cortes’ Sundance hit “Buried” and Eugenio Mira’s “Agnosia,” which chalked up strong initial sales at Berlin, “Eyes” is the sophomore feature from a leading light in Spain’s new genre cinema.

The atmospheric psychological thriller unfolds in a Spanish hamlet where a young blind woman’s sudden death is investigated by her sister (played by “Orphanage” lead Belen Rueda), whose sight is also failing.

Focus Features Intl. has taken rights to France, Spain and Latin America, three territories where Spanish-language genre fare or thrillers have notched up substantial B.O. tallies.

DeAPlaneta has sales rights to the rest of the world.

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