Trio of Spanish firms teaming on four pix

MADRID – In a three-way alliance, Spain’s biggest producer of art pix, Tornasol Films, production house Mate Production and distribution outfit Alta Films have signed a four-pic deal that puts them at the forefront of art film production and distribution in Spain.

Tornasol and Mate will put up 50-50 co-financing on several of Europe’s flagship co-productions for 1997, worth a total $34 million. All the films will be released by Enrique Gonzalez Macho’s Alta Films, Spain’s leading art film distributor.

The partners will join France’s Ciby 2000 to co-produce Jacques Monnet’s $10 million comedy “The Cosmonaut’s Wife,” starring Victoria Abril. It will also put up co-financing for Jacques Weber’s $9 million “Don Juan,” a co-production with Le Studio Canal Plus toplining Emmanuelle Beart, Penelope Cruz and Ariadna Gil.

Tornasol, Mate and Alta will co-produce Bigas Luna’s $10 million “The Waitress on the Titanic,” his follow-up to “Bambola.” Spanish actress Aitana Sanchez-Gijon (“A Walk in the Clouds”) has just signed for its lead role, on which UGC Images shares co-production chores.

The final project is a gritty smaller-budget Spanish thriller, “Cuestion de suerte,” starring Anna Galiena.

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