Pic to preem at Venice Film Festival

MADRID — Leading Spanish arthouse distrib-exhibitor Alta Films has closed local distribution rights to Roman Polanski’s comedy ”Carnage.”

Shot in Paris, pic toplines Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as two sets of parents who arrange a meeting after their kids are involved in a fight at school.

Based on the acclaimed play ”God of Carnage” by French scribe Yasmina Reza, who co-penned the screenplay alongside Polanski, pic is produced by Said Ben Said at his Boulogne-based shingle SBS Prods.

”Carnage’s” international co-producers include Germany’s Constantin Film and Spain’s Jaume Roures.

Pic is tipped to world preem at the Venice Film Festival in September.

Roures’ outfit Mediapro negotiated the Spanish distribution Rights with Alta as part of a pic-by-pic commitment the two companies hold for Spain, said Alta’s head of acquisitions Enrique Gonzalez-Kuhn.

Despite the all-star cast of ”Carnage” Alta plans a controlled bow in Spain on Nov. 18 on around 150 prints.

”We have to be careful about the release, given the huge number of theatrical openings scheduled for around those dates,” Gonzalez-Kuhn said.

Home entertainment rights will be handled by Barcelona-based Cameo, which counts Alta among its shareholders.

Spanish pubcaster RTVE and Catalonia’s TV3 have taken Spain free-to-air TV rights.

Bought by powerful prestige distributors, ”Carnage” will be released by Sony Pictures Classics Stateside, Optimum in the UK, Wild Bunch in France and Constantin in Germany.

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