Distribs flock to buy ‘Mortadelo’

Metropolitan, Mondo TV take all rights

MADRID — Two powerful Euro distribbers — Samuel and Victor Hadida’s Metropolitan Film Export and expanding Italian prod-distrib conglom Mondo TV — have sealed all rights for the Sogepaq-sold “Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure,” the second highest-grossing Spanish pic ever with a $25.5 million trawl this year.

Announcing its “best market in years,” Sogepaq also sold live action comic book adaptation “Mortadelo” to Alpha Filmes in Brazil and Singapur’s Overseas Movie Distribution.

Deals added to major territory licensing agreements on “Mortadelo” in Germany (Falcom Media Group), Japan (Art Port) and Korea (Apex). The U.K., Scandinavia and Latin America are now under negotiations.

In what looks like a hike in its live action distrib ambitions, toon specialist Mondo TV secured all rights at Cannes to three other recent Sogepaq titles: Enrique Urbizu’s noirish thriller “Box 507,” Fernando Colomo’s Andalusia-set romancer “South from Granada,” and Anton Reixa’s Civil War cross-starred lovers tale, “The Carpenter’s Pencil.”

Winchester picked up the U.K. and Ireland on Fernando Leon’s Spanish Oscar candidate, unemployment drama “Mondays in the Sun.”

In other larger deals, “South” was sold to Scandinavia’s Nobel and Partners and “Pencil” to Mexico’s Quality Films.

Integrated with Spanish prodco Sogecine, which produced “Mortadelo” and “The Others,” Sogepaq is the film distribution house of Spanish pay TV leader Sogecable.

Company’s upbeat Cannes underscores its increased access to strong Spanish movies, either from Sogecine or via third-party pick-ups, such as the Elias Querejeta/MediaPro-produced “Mondays.”

Beyond a banner Mifed 2000, when Sogepaq jointly sold Guillermo del Toro’s “The Devil’s Backbone” with Wild Bunch, Cannes 2003 was probably Sogepaq’s most vibrant mart since the artpic boom days of the early-to-mid ’90s.

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