Sundance going to ‘Other Side’

Pic to be released theatrically this fall

The Sundance Channel has picked up U.S. distribution rights to the Spanish box-office hit “El otro lado de la cama” (The Other Side of the Bed).

Pic, helmed by Emilio Martinez-Lazaro and penned by David Serrano, centers on two couples whose search for love leads to lies and heartache. Pic stars Ernesto Alterio, Paz Vega, Natalia Verbeke and Guillermo Toledo.

Produced by Tomas Cimadevilla and Jose Sainz de Vicuna, the pic will be released theatrically this fall and is the fourth and final title in the Sundance Film Se-ries alongside Michael Winterbottom’s “In This World,” Mark Decena’s “Dopamine” and Mark Rucker’s “Die Mommie Die.”

“Lions Gate Intl. is delighted that “The Other Side of the Bed” will be released as part of the Sundance Film eries,” says Nick Meyer, co-president of Lions Gate Films Intl. “Sundance Channel is the perfect partner in this endeavor because of our shared belief in the importance of seeking out and supporting innovative film-makers.”

Adds Paola Freccero, senior VP of film programming for the Sundance Channel: “Introducing American audiences to the tremendously talented and prolific director Emilio Martinez-Lazaro will be our great pleasure. ‘The Other Side of the Bed’ adds a lively and sexy world cinema component to the Sundance Film Series.”

Christine Vesper, veep of acquisitions for Sundance Channel Entertainment, nego-tiated the deal for the company. Lions Gate Films Intl. acquired worldwide rights excluding Spain to the pic from Madrid-based Estudios Picasso/Telecinco.

The Sundance Film Series will see each pic released theatrically in 10 markets Stateside (New York, L.A., Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, S.F., Seat-tle and D.C.) and exclusively in Loews Theater locations.

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