CANNES — Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Spanish LGBT feature “People You May Know,” the latest U.S-Spain crossover enrolling both U.S. and Spanish above-the-line talent and L.A. and Spain-based Spanish production teams.
90% shot in LA. and made in a U.S. – rather than Latino – indie tradition not that far from the Duplass brothers, “People” is the is written and directed by Spaniard Juan Carlos Falcon, whose debut, “The Wooden Box,” received an upbeat critical reception: Variety called it “striking.”
LA Panda Productions, a SXSW winner with “10,000 KM,” which is L.A. based but staffed by young Spanish producers, co-produces with Madrid’s Pony Films. A dramedy, “People You May Know” stars Sean Maher (“Serenity”), Andrea Grano, (“BFFs”), Mark Cirillo (“The Seminarian”), Curt Hansen (“Next to Normal”) and Spanish TV actor Nacho San Jose as a group of gay and straight close friends in their thirties.
Two, Delia and Rodrigo, are married, another, Joe, Delia’s ex b.f. who turned out to be gay. When Rodrigo is forced to return to Madrid for six months for work, after a night of drinking, Delia and Joe end up sleeping together and she gets pregnant. Meanwhile, Joe is in a secret online relationship with Tom. They have not met in person yet… and they never will. Guillermo Escalona produces; Pau Brunet and David Sanchez-Barbudo serve as executive producers.
The U.S. distribution deal was negotiated by Breaking Glass’ CEO Rich Wolff and Brunet. Breaking Glass is planning to release “People You May Know” in winter 2016.
“We are extremely happy to be working with Breaking Glass on the release of ‘People You May Know.’ This film has such a unique point of view on friendship, maternity and the LGTB community in a mature age. We know it will find a large audience,” Brunet said.
“People You May Know” joins BGP’s growing trove of Spanish features, including “My Big Night,” Alex de la Iglesia’s musical comedy,set at a comically lamentable New Year’s Eve show TV shoot, Santo Domingo-set “Sand Dollars,” featuring a tearaway perf by Geraldine Chaplin, and Federico Veiroj’s “The Apostate,” featuring an eternal student’s attempt to slough off the legacy of his conservative upbringing.