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U.S. helmer Abel Ferrara’s “Go Go Tales” has closed its first distribution deal: Spain’s Filmax has acquired Spanish rights to the screwball comedy starring Willem Dafoe, Bob Hoskins, Matthew Modine and Asia Argento.

Shooting at Rome’s Cinecitta Studios, “Go Go Tales” is co-produced by Swiss entrepreneur Massimo Gatti’s Bellatrix Media and American financier Steven W. Lefkowitz; Italy’s Enrico Coletti exec produces.

Dafoe plays the owner of a Manhattan strip joint, while Hoskins is its accountant and Modine is Dafoe’s younger brother, who finances the joint.

“Go Go Tales,” described by Ferrara as an “homage to Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges,” reps a radical departure from the helmer’s dark dramas, which include “Bad Lieutenant” and, more recently, “Mary.”