Joaquin Oristrell to direct ‘Ados’

Film adds to glut of comedies in Spain

BARCELONA — Joaquin Oristrell will direct “Ados,” a teen comedy designed to feed Spain’s growing appetite for local laffers.

Pic will be produced by Barcelona-based Media Films, whose CEO Luis de Val describes it as “a Spanish ‘Superbad,’ a Judd Apatow tribute, but reflecting Spanish traits.”

Co-written by Oristrell, longtime collaborator Yolanda Garcia Serrano and David Victori, “Ados” will turn on three youths from different backgrounds, including a rich teen and a geek, who are left to fend for themselves one summer. It’s skedded for a November shoot.

Cast is still to be confirmed but it will feature a non-pro playing the uber-geek, Oristrell said.

“Ados” adds to Spain’s comedy glut, following lucrative B.O. for a trio of laffers — Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes’ dramedy “Sex, Party and Lies,” which grossed $6 million; followed by Roberto Santiago’s romantic comedy “Road to Santiago,” which took $3.8 million; and Fernando Gonzalez Molina’s screwball “Brain Drain,” the highest-grossing Spanish pic of the year at $8.8 million.

Pics were distributed in Spain by Sony, Warner and Fox respectively.

A fourth comedy, Borja Cobeaga’s “The Friend Zone,” which won the Critics’ Prize at April’s Malaga Spanish Film Festival, opens July 3, having proven a standout at last week’s Spanish Film Screenings in Madrid.

Oristrell’s latest pic, the hedonist sex comedy “Diet,” has been a sales hit, striking 27 territory deals to date.

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