New strategies at Spanish sales op

MADRID — The world’s diminishing ranks of art-house players has gained an addition: Spain’s Vertice Sales, the international licensing arm of production-distribution-facilities conglom Vertice 360.

It heads into Cannes with four new titles.

Paula Ortiz’s “Chrysalis,” a well-received first-director winner at October’s Valladolid Festival, spins three yarns about women at different historical moments in Spain. Oria Films, Amapola Films and Zentropa Intl. Spain produces.

Miguel Marti’s “Allende” is a political action thriller chronicling the last hours of Chilean president Salvador Allende. It is produced by Telespan 2000, a Vertice 360 subsid.

“Isolated,” which is helmed by Mexican Kai Parlange, scooped actor (Kuno Becker) and audience awards at March’s Guadalajara fest.

First-timer Ana Rodriguez Rosell’s English-language “Looking for Eimish” is a relationship-breakup drama.

Vertice, which started selling feature films in 2010, first focused on comedies — such as Borja Cobeaga’s “Lovestorming” — and then genre, notably shapeshifter spoof “Game of Werewolves.”

With the new focus, Maria Arroyo has been upped to head of Vertice Sales, replacing Gonzalo Sagardia. Vertice’s acquisitions director Alex Lafuente oversees pick-ups for international sales.

The sales op will move into third-party pick-ups on not only Spanish but Latin American quality movies, Lafuente said.

“No other sales agent in Spain exclusively focuses on Spanish-language arthouse films with significant international festival presence,” Lafuente said.

Vertice Sales could offer minimum guarantees or split revenues deals, he added, and is mulling a move into co-producing.

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