Spanish cop-thriller sold to most major territories

MADRID — Spain’s Film Factory has closed Russia and other CIS states on Alberto Rodriguez’s hardboiled cop thriller “Unit 7,” with distrib Carmen Film Group planning a theatrical release.

A Tribeca competition player, “Unit 7″ is one of the three titles shortlisted last week to become Spain’s foreign-language Oscar contender.

Film Factory closed Scandinavia (Take One) and Portugal (Lusomundo) on “Unit 7″ at the Toronto Film Festival.

Underscoring its international reach, the thriller, set on Seville’s mean streets, has now sold to most major territories worldwide, including HBO in the U.S.

Key deals encompass Latin America pay TV (HBO Ole), France (Zylo), German-speaking Europe (Tiberius Film), Japan (Interfilms), Brazil (PlayArte) and China (Edko), among about 30 territories licensed, said Film Factory founder Vicente Canales.

A Mexican sale, including a theatrical release, is under advanced negotiations, he added.

Produced by Jose Antonio Felez’s Atipica Films, and starring Spanish heart-throb Mario Casas (“I Need You”) as a cop who crosses the line in a clampdown on drug rackets in the build up to Seville’s Expo ’92 World Fair, “Unit 7″ grossed a strong €2.4 million ($3.15 million) off an April 6 bow.

Pic made the longlist of potential nominees for the 25th European Film Awards and will also compete for best Ibero-American film at Mexico’s Ariels.

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