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Alta boards ‘Bear’

Spanish distrib produces with Mediapro

Top Spanish distrib Alta Films has boarded comedy “Para que sirve un oso?” (What’s a Bear For?), the sophomore feature from Tom Fernandez.

Alta has taken Spanish distribution rights and will co-produce with Versatil Cinema.

Javier Mendez exec produces for Mediapro.

Imagina Intl. Sales has taken international rights.

Fernandez scored with his debut, “Suso’s Tower,” a homecoming comedy, which played well at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2007, going on to gross Euros1.6 million ($2.2 million) for Warner Bros. in Spain.

Like “Suso’s Tower,” “Bear” is set in the mountainous region of Asturias.

One of Spain’s biggest marquee names, Javier Camara (“Talk to Her”), toplines, as on “Suso,” this time playing opposite Gonzalo de Castro (“Doctor Mateo), Emma Suarez (“The Mosquito Net”), Geraldine Chaplin (“The Orphanage”), her daughter Oona Chaplin (“Quantum of Solace”) and Jesse Johnson (“Head Over Spurs in Love”).

Shooting from Sept. 20, budgeted at Euros 3.5 million ($4.8 million), and featuring stunning panoramas of Asturias, “Bear” turns on a biologist (Camara), who decides to seek out his brother (De Castro), a zoologist who lives deep in the Asturian forests.

“The film is principally entertainment, a comedy, aimed at both parents and children, and shot like a fable with a slightly magical look,” Mendez said.

Spanish and Catalan pubcasters TVE and TVC have pre-bought the pic.

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