ICO takes ‘Body’ for France

Promo plays at Spanish Film Screenings

MADRID — Initiative Cinema One has acquired all French rights to “The Body,” the latest psychological thriller from Rodar y Rodar, the Barcelona-based producer of “The Orphanage” and “Julia’s Eyes.”

Spain’s Antena 3 Films co-produces. Sony Pictures Releasing de Espana has theatrical distribution rights for Spain.

Deal includes an option for a French theatrical release via Bac Films, said ICO’s Estelle Jaugin.

Now in post, and one of Spain’s big end-of-year local bows, “Body” is sold by DeAPlaneta, which screens a nine-minute promo at this week’s Spanish Film Screenings.

“Body” stars Belen Rueda, who toplined “Orphanage” and “Eyes.” Jose Coronado (“No Rest For the Wicked”) plays a detective searching for the cadaver of a femme fatale (Rueda, seen in flashback), which has gone missing from a morgue.

“The package — the producers, their international films, the cast, the promo” — clinched the pre-buy, Jaugin said.

DeAPlaneta plans to show a final cut of “Body” in the Toronto Film Festival. It will be completed by early October, said DeAPlaneta’s Gorka Bilbao.

The three-year-old ICO, which is backed by an investment fund, works closely with Bac Films, ringing multiple distribution options. These include renewing French rights on lapsing Bac titles, buying library titles previously owned by other distributors, acquiring all-rights to films on which Bac can handle theatrical, or buying TV, DVD and VOD rights, sometimes, but not necessarily, to Bac movies, Jaugin said.

Recent ICO releases include Lee Tamahori’s “The Devil’s Double” and Xavier Gens’ “The Divide.”

Jaugin is attending the Spanish Film Screenings, which run June 18-20.

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