Distrib takes its 1st ‘Step’

Baditri inks rights with StudioCanal on 'Cats and Frogs'

MADRID — The first film from vet Spanish exec Antoni Badimon’s new distrib, Baditri, will be “Step Forward,” due for release in late March.

The Barcelona boutique bowed at last month’s American Film Market, acquiring all Spanish rights to Jose Roberto Torero’s Brazilian laffer “Como fazer um filme de amor” (Manual for Love Stories) and Elia Schneider’s guerrilla drama “Punto y raya” (Step Forward), Venezuela’s entry for the foreign-lingo Oscar. Both pics were sold by Los Angeles-based sales company Cinema Management Group.

Recently, Baditri inked rights with France’s StudioCanal on the Folimage Studio animated feature “La prophetie des grenouilles” (Raining Cats and Frogs) and dramedy “Les Soeurs fachees” (Me and My Sister), toplining Isabelle Huppert.

Badimon was deputy general manager at Lauren Films, Spain’s biggest indie film distributor for much of the 1980s and nearly of all the ’90s.

Taking all rights for Spain, Baditri aims to buy four to five international indie pics a year: “Our idea is to work on a project-by-project basis, priming the media profile of films. Independent films’ problem today is that they scarcely have any impact in the media or on the public,” Badimon said.

Baditri prexy Badimon has been joined by former Lauren exec Myriam Valle as marketing director and Mary Bote as distrib exec.

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