‘Serrallonga’ gets Spanish funds

Catalonian Govt., TV3 team for miniseries

CANNES  — The government of Catalonia in Spain and its regional pubcaster TV3 have made their first joint investment from a fund they created last year to back commercially skewed miniseries and movies.

“Serrallonga,” a €4.2 million ($5.9 million) two-part mini, is produced by Barcelona-based Oberon Cinematografica and also backed by TV3, the Catalan Institute for Cultural Industries (ICIC) and Spanish pubcaster TVE.

Shot in Catalan, “Serrallonga” will receive $1.3 million from the fund.

“Our aim is to make film and TV productions reaching large audiences but in Catalan language,” said Xavier Parache, ICIC film/audiovisual finance director.

Teutonic distributor Bavaria Media TV has provided a minimum guarantee to handle worldwide distribution rights on “Serrallonga.”

The Bavaria agreement was presented Monday at Mipcom.

Helmed by Esteve Rovira, mini-series is about Joan Sala i Ferrer, known as Serrallonga, who became a bandit after killing the man who accused him of theft in 1622. He is immortalized in Catalan songs and literature.

“Serrallonga” will launch Nov. 6-7 on TV3 in primetime.