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‘Stella’ marks Good debut

Spanish distrib to release four pix a year

Indie Spanish distrib Good Films has made its international market debut picking up local distribution rights to Sylvie Verheyde’s French drama “Stella.”

Set in Paris in 1977 and centering on an 11-year-old girl and her schooling, culture and social class, “Stella” was licensed by French sales company Films Distribution.

Madrid-based Good Films will release “Stella” in Spanish arthouses Sept. 9 on 10 subtitled prints.

Launched by Basque journalist and distribution-exhibition exec Ivan Barredo, Good Films aims to start acquiring all Spanish distribution rights to four pics a year, and is open to titles in any film genre and from any territory.

“I am looking for quality, not quantity,” Barredo said. “In these times of crisis, it is important to think about movies that are about emotions and give hope to audiences.”

Slammed by the lack of TV sales on titles bought for Spain, plus the dramatic collapse of the DVD market, the main revenue source for indie Spanish distributors is now theatrical.

“It is not easy to make profitable film releases in Spain, but international distributors are facilitating the acquisition deals, being more sensitive to market realities. They know that the crisis in Spain is now for real,” Barredo said.

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