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‘Rain’ in two camps

Lolafilms, Kinowelt push English-lingo pic

MADRID — “Rain” from Spain will fall under a new co-production accord between Spain’s Lolafilms and Germany’s Kinowelt to develop and produce English-language films outside the U.S.

Starring Melora Walters (“Magnolia”) and helmed by writer-director Katherine Lindberg, “Rain” will be co-exec produced by Martin Scorsese and produced by Barcelona-born Jordi Ros, a former prexy of Lynda Obst Prods.

Pic turns on a woman who kills her husband and has an affair with a young man who turns out to be the son she gave up for adoption.

Lolafilms CEO Andres Vicente Gomez and Kinowelt topper Rainer Koelmel will take co-producer credits on “Rain,” to be financed equally by Lola and Kinowelt, Gomez told Daily Variety.

Opening salvo

” ‘Rain’ is the first film in a joint production venture between Kinowelt and Lola. Our aim is to develop films in English outside the U.S., although, ironically, ‘Rain’ will be shot in America,” Gomez said.

Sales on “Rain” look set to be handled by Lolafilms’ London-based development and sales company Lolafilms U.K.

The production pact marks a further step in the growing skein of relations between Lolafilms and Kinowelt, and yet another step up in Kinowelt’s English-lingo production.

For Lola, which plans to announce a slate of English-lingo projects this fall, pact opens the door still further to markets where Kinowelt has distribution operations, including the U.K.

Earlier deals

Kinowelt’s L.A.-based production entity, Kinowelt USA, signed a multiyear production-distribution deal with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Pictures in April. Kinowelt followed that last-month with a two-year, first-look deal with Harvey Keitel’s New York-based production company Goatsingers.

At the Cannes Film Festival, Kinowelt announced a distribution deal for Spain with Lolafilms on the first Kinowelt USA productions with Hurd.

Kinowelt had already purchased German and Eastern European rights to Lolafilms U.K.’s first three pics: “Girl From Rio,” “Gaudi Afternoon” and “The Dancer Upstairs.”

Kinowelt and Lola are also advancing on a minority share swap.

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