Only five years ago, almost any Arab film at an international festival, unless made in Egypt or Turkey, drew European funding -- but now, something is finally stirring in Arab home-grown film finance.
Expanding its international sales operations, one-year-old Spain-based Notro Films has taken international rights to "La silla" (The Chair), the first solo feature from Julio Wallowits.
Pics in production from Mexico's Rodrigo Pla and Argentina's Juan Antin and Ulises Rosell feature an expanded version of the Berlin Festival's Works in Progress.
Madrid-based indie sales agent Kevin Williams Associates is handling international rights to Pedro Almodovar's second feature, "Laberinto de pasiones" (Labyrinth of Passions), made in 1982 and…
Vet Spanish TV exec and producer Luis Fernandez has been tapped as CEO of production house Promofilm U.S., replacing Daniel Gutman. With offices and studios in Miami and Los Angeles, Promofilm U.S…
Expanding its Berlin Festival sales slate, Madrid-based Latido has taken international rights to Kurt Hollander's Mexican black comedy "Carambola," toplining Roberto Cobo, and to prostitution drama…
Terrestrial broadcaster Telecinco is licking its wounds after the flop of drama skein "Vientos de agua," trumpeted as its most ambitious project in budget, production and artistic quality.
Charlotte Rampling is in advanced negotiations to board the next film from Julio Medem ("Sex and Lucia"), "Caotica Ana" (Chaotic Ana).
France's Pathe will take most French rights and international on "Whatever Lola Wants," a tale of East-West femme friendship and belly dancing from Moroccan helmer Nabil Ayouch.
Madrid will host a new event, Madrid de Cine, or the Spanish Film Screenings, to promote export sales on local productions and to tubthump the capital as a shooting locale.
Spanish mini-major Filmax will sub-distribute recent and library titles of Lauren Films for homevid in Spain. Films include "The English Patient," "The Cider House Rules," "Life Is Beautiful" and a…