CANNES — Top Spanish production house Lolafilms is back to buying foreign pics for Spain.
Over the past year, its Spanish theatrical distribution operation has focused on releasing Lola’s own English- and Spanish-lingo productions.
But now, “Lola will be looking for five to six films a year to complement our production lineup,” said Lola CEO Andres Vicente Gomez.
“They’ll be along the lines of the films we produce: commercial films of quality which can be put out on 100 to 150 (prints),” Gomez added.
The move back into distribution comes as British novelist and TV presenter Melvyn Bragg has completed a screenplay for Lolafilms’ long-mooted period romancer “The Maid of Buttermere.”
Set in Britain’s Lake District in the early 19th century, the film charts the love affair between a local girl and a man who is taken for a rogue and bounder.
Bragg wrote the novel on which the film is based. Although more famous as a writer or TV interviewer, Bragg has scripted both TV series, such as “A Time to Dance,” and feature films such as “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Director and Cannes jury member Bille August is attached to direct.
The film is framed as a co-production among Lolafilms, the U.K.’s Film Consortium, and Scandinavia’s Nordisk Films. Per Gomez, the partners will meet at Cannes to review the project.
Lolafilms is also about to initiate casting on Luis Llosa’s “The Feast of the Goat,” an English-lingo adaptation of the novel of the same name by Mario Vargas Llosa, about the assassination of a Latin American dictator. “We will be looking for a major actor of a mature age to play the dictator Trujillo,” said Gomez.