Madrid lines up market premieres

Screenings to showcase 51 films

MADRID — Daniela Fejerman’s “7 Minutes,” Carles Torras’ “Trash” and Beda Docampo’s “Mad Love” will have their market bows at the 4th Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings.

Spain’s only dedicated film screenings, aiming to boost sales and co-productions in the country, Madrid de Cine runs June 7-9.

Produced by Gerardo Herrero’s Tornasol Films and Castafiore Films, comedy “7 Minutes,” which won supporting actress (Toni Acosta) at April’s Malaga Spanish Film Festival, is being sold by Latido Films.

Another Malaga competitor, social drama “Trash,” toplining one of Spain’s hottest thesps, Oscar Jaenada (“The Limits of Control,” “Che”) also will market preem in Madrid.

“Mad Love,” an unconventional love story involving a young gallery assistant from the Prado Museum, teams Spanish producers Iroko Films, Nada Music, Quiereme Producciones and Angel Durandez.

If not as a completed film, at least 45 minutes of footage of Lolafilms’ biopic of Spanish poet Jaime Gil de Biedma, “The Consul of Sodom,” will be shown for the first time ever at the Madrid Screenings.

Jordi Molla (“Blow,” “Che”) plays Gil de Biedma, one of Spain’s most influential poets of the second half of the 20th century. Pic is budgeted at Euros5 million ($6.6 million).

Organized by Spain’s powerful producers’ association Fapae, Madrid de Cine will present screenings of 51 films.

More than 130 international buyers have signed up for the event, which is budgeted at $746,000, its organizers announced Thursday.

U.S. companies Lionsgate, Magnolia Pictures, IFC-Sundance Channel, Regent, Venevision Intl., Strand Releasing, TLA Entertainment Group, LAPTV and Outside Pictures have confirmed their presence at the showcase.

France’s TF1 Intl., MK2 and Rezo, U.K.’s Soda Pictures and Dogwoof Pictures, and Germany’s Kinowelt Intl. and Senator Film look set to attend.

The presentation of MDC also served to confirm key appointments.

Helmer Alex de la Iglesia, who godfathers this year’s Madrid de Cine edition, said he will be the new prexy of Spain’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, replacing screenwriter-director Angeles Gonzalez Sinde, who was named Spain’s minister of culture in April.

Also Catalan politician Ignasi Guardans made his first public appearance as Spain’s director general of the ICAA film institute, which runs the country’s biggest subsidy fund.