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BBC nabs ‘Comandante’

MediaPro handling pic int'l sales

MADRID — The BBC has taken U.K. terrestrial TV rights to Oliver Stone’s Fidel Castro docu “Comandante.”

Spain’s MediaPro, which handles international sales on the pic, has also licensed “Comandante” to Greece (Rosewood), the Czech Republic (Cineinvest) and Turkey (Umut Samat). There are offers on the table for Germany, France and Japan.

The deals add to previously announced agreements struck from the Berlin Film Festival onwards for U.K. theatrical and video (Optimum Releasing), all rights for Scandinavia (NonStop Ent.) and Italy (Mikado Film).

They come as Barcelona-based production and facilities co MediaPro is moving into production on another 100%-financed film.

“Torapia” (a play on “toro” and the Spanish word for therapy) starts shooting in September and will be helmed by actor-director Karra Elejalde from a screenplay by Elejalde, Carlos Zabala and Jose Antonio Ortega.

Comedy is set in a psychiatric hospital where patients are supposedly cured by being plunged into the world of bull-fighting.

It concludes a trilogy begun by “Airbag,” (1997) and “Holy Mary” (2000) which mocks stock Spanish figures, foibles and passions. Elejalde toplined and co-wrote “Airbag” and “Holy Mary.”

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