'Bread' rolls out territory sales

Director Agusti Villaronga has won Spain’s €30,000 ($42,000) National Cinema Prize, awarded by the ICAA Spanish Film Institute.

The academy cited the poetic style of Villaronga’s latest pic, “Black Bread,” a rural coming-of-age tale set in Spain’s post-Civil War period, and the director’s ability to connect with auds.

Beta Cinema has sold “Bread” to China’s Champs Lis, France’s Alfama Films, Japan’s Alcine Terran, HBO Latin America and Portugal’s Clapfilmes.

“Bread” took nine nods at February’s Spanish Academy Goya Awards, including film, director and actress for Nora Navas. It was the first time a Catalan-language pic had won the top Goya.

Villaronga was commissioned by Isona Passola at Massa d’Or ProdS. to adapt Emili Teixidor’s 2004 novel with a $6 million budget. Distributed in Spain via Emon-Savor, the pic has cumed $3.6 million.

“Bread” was made with the support of the Catalan government, whose policy is now to back more market-driven films and TV series, and was co-produced by local pubcaster TVC.

Villaronga is in pre-production on “Una carta para Evita,” a miniseries produced by Teresa Enrich’s Copia Cero, about a visit by Argentina’s First Lady Eva Peron to Spain in the 1940s during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship.

Cast includes Julieta Cardinali (“Valentin”), Carmen Maura (“Volver”) and Ana Torrent (“Thesis”).

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