MADRID — Madrid-based sales agent Kevin Williams has inked a first-look deal on overseas sales rights to films from Spanish production house Mundo Ficcion.
KWA, William’s sales agency, has also clinched a two-pic package deal for international with Barcelona’s Just Films.
Moves are part of William’s drive to tap new sources of filmmaking to supply what he describes as promising TV markets abroad.
The KWA-Mundo Ficcion deal covers Lucas Fernandez’s “Oscar, el color del destino,” in which a Madrid lawyer (Victoria Abril) researches the life of Spanish surrealist Oscar Dominguez (Joaquim de Almeida), and “La Mirada violeta,” from Nacho Perez de la Paz and Jesus Ruiz, toplining Spanish actress Cayetana Guillen Cuervo as a bed-hopping sex junkie.
Rounding up the first, four-pic package are “A Bit of Chocolate,” a vision of the dreams of old age from first-time Aitzol Aramaio, with Hector Alterio and Daniel Bruhl (“Goodbye Lenin!”), and docu feature “El Riff,” about the disastrous campaigns Spain fought in Morocco in 1921 and 1927.
The Just duo are squatter comedy “El Kaseron,” starring Fele Martinez (“Bad Education”) and “Bienvenido a Farewell-Gutmann,” a corporate world satire, which drew critical praise and a best screenplay plaudit at Montreal and a best actress award for Ana Fernandez at Malaga.
Realistically, not all these films are theatrical releases abroad.
That’s by the by, said Williams, after what he describes as “a pretty positive” Mipcom TV trade fair.
Among broadcasters and cable and satellite operators, “There’s a demand for product. TV stations still have budgets, and if you have the relationships and a track record, there are still good prospects for business across the board from pubcasters to pay TV,” Williams said.
Pursuing the same strategy of repping international rights, often now principally for TV, KWA is handling the 11-pic back catalog of Spanish pic productions from Aurum.
Mundo Ficcion produced two ETA-themed films, “El Lobo” and “GAL.”
Having co-produced Jaume Balaguero’s Calista Flockhart starrer “Fragile,” Just plans to produce more bigger-budget Spanish genre pics which, post “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Orphanage,” are attracting bullish sales abroad.