New Spanish distrib buys 'Horse,' 'Love,' 'Track'

New Barcelona-based distribution house Paco Poch Cinema has closed Spanish rights to Bela Tarr’s Berlin Jury Grand Prix winner “The Turin Horse,” Mia Hansen-Love’s “Goodbye First Love” and Andreas Dresen’s “Stopped on Track.”

“Love” received a special mention at the Locarno fest last weekend; “Track” shared Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Prize in May.

Founder Paco Poch has already acquired Spanish rights to Pedro Costa’s “Ne change rien,” Hansen-Love’s “Father of My Children” and Lluis Galter’s Venice Horizons title “Caracremada,” which he also produced.

The move into distribution comes out of frustration at not being able to co-produce such titles as “Rien” and “Horse,” Poch told Variety.

Poch’s next release, bowing early September, will be Anne Linsel’s docu “Dancing Dreams,” about teens in Germany’s Tanztheater Wuppertal being taught by the late choreographer Pina Bausch.

On “Dreams,” Poch partners with Spanish production-distribution house Avalon to launch the pic.

“Horse” opens in Spain this fall after screening out of competish at October’s Sitges Festival.

Poch plans to attend markets at the Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Karlovy Vary and Rotterdam fests, and to release around two to five films a year, all subtitled — an increasingly rare phenomenon in Spain.

“I’m essentially a producer but I cannot accept there’s no place in the market for auteur and issue films,” Poch said.

Future Poch Cinema releases include Ounie Lecomte’s “A Brand New Life” and Goran Olsson’s “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.” “Power” will be released with Luis Angel Bellaba’s Aquelarre Films.

Working out of Mallerich Films, which he founded in 1994, Poch is producing “Genet en el Raval,” based on a book by Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo on novelist-playwright Jean Genet’s life in Barcelona(Emiliano de Pablos contributed to this report.)

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