Spain’s Isaan craves Asian fare

New Spanish distrib devours Far East fare

MADRID — Vet distrib Xavier Catafal’s new boutique distribution house Isaan Entertainment has laid the foundations of its first slate by picking up several Asian pics at Cannes, continuing Spanish buyers’ growing interest in movies from the Far East.

Isaan acquired Fortissimo Films’ Hong-Kong horror pic “Dumplings,” the feature-length version of helmer Fruit Chan’s seg in Pan-Asian horror omnibus “Three … Extremes,” bought by Isaan before Cannes.

Catafal has also taken supernatural thriller “Shutter” from Thailand’s GMM Tai Hub Co., “Ong-Bak” team actioner “Born to Fight” from Sahamongkolfilm Intl., and Five Star Production’s horror pic “The Art of the Devil,” helmed by Bang Rajan.

Apart from Asian cinema, Isaan inked with Favored Nations on Portuguese black comedy “Sorte nula” (The Trunk), from Fernando Fragata.

Catafal has also bought DVD and TV rights on a package of Asian titles, such as action thriller “Fulltime Killer,” action dramas “Running Out of Time” and “Running Out of Time 2,” Johnnie To’s crime pic “PTU” and Korean comedy “My Wife Is a Gangster.”

After his recent departure from indie distributor Manga Films, Catafal used Cannes to present Isaan to Asian and European producers and sales agents.

“I’m not ruling out any U.S. film buys, but initially I’m going to be very cautious,” he said.