Euro exhibs' confab will screen indie pics for first time

Spanish helmer Juan Antonio Bayona is to be feted at European exhibitors’ confab CineEurope, which kicks off Monday in Barcelona.

Bayona, who will receive the international director’s prize, is best known for “The Orphanage.” His tsunami drama, “The Impossible,” starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, is due out in the fall.

Other honorees include Lene Loken, m.d. of Norwegian exhibs’ org Film & Kino, who receives the achievement award from Euro exhibs’ body UNIC; the award for international distributor goes to 20th Century Fox Intl.’s Paul Higginson and Todd Huntley, who are, respectively, exec VP for theatrical and senior VP for theatrical in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and the international exhibitors’ award goes to brothers Camilo and Jaime Tarrazon, who are prexy of the Catalan Theater Owners Assn. and CEO of Catalan cinema loop ACEC, respectively.

For the first time, CineEurope will screen a selection of independent pics this year, alongside the regular Hollywood fare. Among indie pics to play are London cop actioner “The Sweeney,” which stars Ray Winstone; found footage horror thriller “Sinister,” toplining Ethan Hawke; “Step Up Revolution in 3D” and romantic drama “A Monkey on My Shoulder,” starring Juliette Binoche and Edgar Ramirez.

Among Hollywood movies at the event are toons “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “Brave,” and Oliver Stone’s “Savages.” DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg will give a preview of “Other Rise of the Guardians.”

Among topics to be discussed at the event, which wraps Thursday, are cinema-related smartphone apps, immersive sound technology and the rise of alternative content.

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