MADRID — Deepening its Spanish biz, 6 Sales has clinched a raft of sales on the Antonio Banderas-godfathered “Missing Lynx,” while tying down international rights to “El Baile de la Victoria” (The Dancer and the Thief), directed by Fernando Trueba.
An animals-on-the-run tale, “Missing Lynx” is the first animated toon feature from Andalusia’s Kandor Graphics, with whom Banderas has inked a production deal via his Malaga-based Green Moon label.
Championed by Banderas, “Lynx” has sold to Aurum for Spain.
Aurum will release the pic Dec. 26.
In pre-sales to 40-plus territories, HGC Ent. has taken China, Falcon Films the Middle East, Kino Swiat Poland, Soyuz Video the CIS and Baltic States, and Ster-Kinekor South Africa.
Another flagship Spanish production for 2008-09, “Thief” marks the first fiction feature in seven years from Oscar-winning Spanish director Fernando Trueba (“Belle Epoque”).
“Thief” wrapped its shoot in Santiago de Chile shoot, and initiates post-production Nov. 5 in Madrid, aiming for delivery next spring.
Produced by Cristina Huete for Trueba’s Madrid-based single, Fernando Trueba P.C., with Italy’s Cecchi Gori taking an associate producer credit and Italian rights, “Thief” toplines Argentina’s Ricardo Darin (“Son of the Bride,” “7 Queens”), adapting a novel, “The Dancer and the Thief,” by “Il Postino” author, Chilean Antonio Skarmeta.
Set in winter in Santiago de Chile, the three-character romantic drama turns on a professional thief (Darin) and a young man (Abel Ayala), who leave jail after an amnesty, and a young girl (Chile’s Miranda Bodenhoffer).
“Like Argentina, Chile has a great acting tradition, not just lead actors, but secondary thesps as well, and that’s been key in the film,” Trueba told Daily Variety.
“This is a highly romantic film, but it has thriller, Western and unreal elements,” he added.