Adventure movie market preems at Madrid de Cine

MADRID — Imagina Intl. Sales, Spain’s top TV and cinema sales company, has acquired international distribution rights to “Red Eagle, The Movie,” the feature film adaptation of Spanish TV adventure skein “Red Eagle.”

Released April 20 by Hispano Fox Film, “Eagle” chalked up Spain’s second best opening of the year, nabbing Euros1.7 million ($2.5 million) in its first four-days frame. Pic has cumed a solid $5 million B.O.

Movie’s perf in theaters was undoubtedly driven by the success of TV series. Spain’s biggest TV drama hit in 2010, skein averaged an extraordinary 29% share and 5.7 million viewers on pubcaster RTVE’s main channel La 1.

Created and produced by Daniel Ecija at leading Spanish TV fiction house Globomedia, and helmed by first-timer Jose Ramon Ayerra, swashbuckler narrates how a modest school teacher by day but caped crusader by night battles to save a 17th century Spain from international conspiracy.

“Red Eagle, The Movie” will make its international market premiere at the Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings, which runs June 19-21.

Also at Madrid de Cine, IIS will screen for international buyers Fernando Gonzalez Molina’s teen drama “Three Meters Above the Sky,” the highest-grossing Spanish film of 2010, and Tom Fernandez’s comedy “What Are Bears For.”

The crew of IIS-sold comedian troupe drama “Paper Birds,” an audience award winner at last week’s 37th Seattle Film Festival, will also attend Madrid de Cine for an international press junket.

Emilio Mayorga contributed to this article.

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