MADRID – As “Spanish Affair” romps to €49.2 million ($68.9 million) at the box office, the second-highest gross for any film in Spain after “Avatar,” Spain’s DeAPlaneta International will come to Cannes with two more Spanish comedies: “Girls Night Out” and “The Misfits Club.”
Both reflect the build in feel-good entertainment from Spain over the last two-or-so years.
DeAPlaneta will present first images of the comedies as well as the first screening of the finally completed “Millionaire Dog,” which has now sold half the world.
A femme friendship feature, “Girls Night Out,” turns on five buddies: Nora, Gisela, Tania, Marta, and Mateo, who’s just one of the girls. Like most Spanish twenty-somethings, they want a dream-job, a b.f. out of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” an amazing city-center pad. But pulling in just $16,000 a year as interns, what they’ve got is flat shares, and the possibility of picking up new clothes at the sales.
When Nora plans her bachelorette party, instead of a week in Cancun, she and her friends end up with two days in the Canary Islands.
“’Bridesmaids’ meets ‘The Hang Over,’” in the words of DeAPlaneta Intl,’s sales manager Gorka Bilbao, “Girls Night Out” marks the feature debut of Spanish director Manuela Moreno.
Her web-sensation short “Pipas,” a simple conversation between two 20-something girls, nailed the ignorance of
part of Spanish youth, and its knee-jerk scorn for any kind of enterprise or desire for betterment.
Nora is played by Natalia de Molina, who won a Breakthrough Performance Goya this year for her role as a young pregnant girl in Franco’s Spain in David Trueba’s “Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.”
Another debut, this time from TV director Carlos Sedes (“Hispania,” “Gran Hotel”), “Misfits” turns on 15-year-old girl who moves to a big city with her separated mum (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon), quarrels at school, and is forced to attend school council meetings for problem students, where she finally finds friends and a sense of belonging.
The movie adapts hit Spanish teen novel “Buenos dias, princesa,” written by Blue Jeans, the pen name of Spaniard Francisco de Paula. It reps the first of a novel trilogy, which is positioning the author as a kind of Spanish Federico Moccia who targets a slightly younger readership, Bilbao said.
Screenplay is by Ramon Campos, a leading Spanish TV show-runner, and Gema R. Neira, who co-wrote with Campos hot TV series “Gran Hotel.”
DeAPlaneta will also handle the Spanish distribution of the two comedies, which are in production since April. “Misfits” bows Christmas 2014.
“Night Out” and “Misfits” both suggest new business models in Spain: “Girls Night Out” is produced by Atlantis, a one-year-old joint venture of Atresmedia Cine, Nostromo Pictures, Editorial Planeta and DeAPlaneta to produce multimedia content.
“Misfits” is the first film production of Campos’ Bambu Producciones, a top Spanish TV drama production house that will now bring its honed sense of market dynamics to movie production.
Spain’s comedy box office surge begins before “Spanish Affair” with hits such as “Ghost Graduation,” “Cousins,” “Family United” and “Three Many Weddings,” said Bilbao.
The comedy pick-ups are in line with DeAPlaneta International’s more mainstream positioning among Spanish-language movie sales agents, he added.