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Paco Poch co-founds Alicorn

Shingle moves forward with thriller 'Masks'

SITGES — Barcelona-based producer Paco Poch has teamed with Catalan entrepreneur and production manager Victor Cavaller to launch shingle Alicorn Films.

Other partners in the production company are Jordi Comellas, director of the ZoomIgualada European TV Movies Festival, and producers Marc Cases and Daniel Roehrich. Comellas will serve as general manager, while Poch is prexy.

Alicorn has two labels: Amadeus for mainstream movies, budgeted at Euros3 million ($4.1 million) and above, and D’Autor for smaller art pics below $2.8 million.

Alicorn will absorb Poch’s shingle Mallerich.

Other execs include Cavaller associates Heiko Kraft, Ignasi Guasch and Vicens Veses.

First pic set up at Alicorn is “Van Meegeren” (All the Masks). Budgeted at around $5.5 million, the psychological thriller will be helmed by Isaki Lacuesta (“The Damned”) and co-produced by Holland’s Eyeworks. Script is by Isa Campo, Joaquim Oristrell and Lacuesta.

Pic is based on the true story of Han van Meegeren, a run-of-the-mill painter who gained celebrity and even respect faking Vermeers.

“The same critics who destroyed him as an original artist, went on to praise his paintings as the best Vermeers ever,” Lacuesta told Variety.

Also in development is “Niege,” which is budgeted at $7 million. Based on Maxence Fermine’s novel and co-produced by France’s Gaialand and a yet to be determined Japanese partner, the pic’s action unspools in Japan.

Poch (“Caracremada,” “Innisfree”) is rolling his Mallerich projects into Alicorn’s slate. As well as “Masks,” these include “La Maleta mexicana,” a docu directed by Trisha Ziff about the discovery in Mexico in 2007 of a treasure trove of original negatives, most taken during the Spanish Civil War, from photographers Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour. “Maleta” is in post-production.

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