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Baditri primes Bard reboot ‘Elsinor’

Catalan distributor enters production

SITGES — Antoni Badimon’s Barcelona-based Baditri, one of Spain’s best-known niche film distributors, is entering movie production.

Projects will be channelled through a new label, Baditri 2005, in which Badimon is the lead shareholder.

Badimon already has several projects in development.

The first to go into production looks set to be “Elsinor Park,” a contempo reboot of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” with some changes to the Bard’s storyline.

” ‘Elsinor’ isn’t straight ‘Hamlet,’ but uses its characters for a family thriller, set against the background of the power battles between vineyard owners in a contemporary Catalonia,” said Badimon, the pic’s exec producer.

Baditri will distribute “Elsinor” in Spain.

Pic marks the fiction feature debut of Jordi Roige, whose 2006 docu pic “Rock & Cat,” a history of Catalonia’s rock scene, proved a modest breakout hit — by documentary standards in Spain — grossing Euros128,380 ($180,643).

Budgeted at Euros1.5 million ($2.1 million), the pic is skedded to shoot early summer 2011, toplining Catalan actor Pere Arquillue as Boris, who’s convinced his dad was killed by his uncle, who’s now having an affair with his mother.

Roige, who also edits Catalan film publication De Cine, has written the screenplay, which is near completion, Badimon said at a Brazil-Catalonia-Italy Co-Production Meeting, organized by Catalan Films and TV Thursday at the Sitges Film Festival.

Badimon cited two reasons for entering production: “As a very small distributor, we’re discovering that it’s impossible to release many of the Spanish and European films we’re offered.”

Also, he added, “We’d like to grow, and state aid facilities for production are far more developed than those for distribution.”

Usually distributing European, Spanish or Catalan films, Baditri scored its biggest hit as a distributor with Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” which grossed $3.5 million in Spain.

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