Fortissimo, Notro team up on rights for nearly 50 pics

Pact includes Jarmusch titles, Haynes' 'Poison,' Kalin's 'Swoon'

Fortissimo Films’ recently created TV sales division has inked with Spain’s Notro Films for the Barcelona-based distribution house to take TV, DVD and some theatrical rights on a package of nearly 50 films.

The package includes Jim Jarmusch library titles, Todd Haynes’ “Poison,” Tom Kalin’s “Swoon,” Mira Nair’s “Salaam Bombay” and Gregg Araki’s “Mysterious Skin.”

Notro CEO Adolfo Blanco is studying a theatrical outing on five or six of the titles. “Mysterious Skin” will be released theatrically later this year.

Fortissimo and Notro are a natural fit. Notro has a strong line in Asian and U.S. indie pics. Fortissimo is a major Asian arthouse film vendor.

While pay TV buys little indie product, Spain’s DVD market offers potential upside for titles.

The Notro accord is the first major deal for Fortissimo’s TV sales division since the appointment earlier this year of Esther Bannenberg as senior VP of television.

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