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Spain’s Vertice nabs Morena duo

Producer-distrib also takes 'Retornos'

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain — Spanish indie film producer-distrib Vertice Cine has inked distribution rights to three upcoming Spanish pics, underscoring its increasing focus on third-party local movie rights acquisition.

Two of VC’s pickups from Spain are international co-productions from Madrid-based shingle Morena Films.

On Nov. 12, VC will release David Pinillos’ romantic dramedy “Bon Appetit,” a Spanish-German-Swiss co-production, toplining Spanish thesp Unax Ugalde (“Che”) and German actress Nora Tschirner (“Kebab Connection”).

Morena also teamed with Spain’s Jaleo Films and Oberon Cinematografica, Sweden’s Hepp Films and Argentina’s Pensa&Rocca to co-produce Paco Cabezas’ provocative comedy “Carne de neon,” which VC launches in Spanish theaters Jan. 21.

VC has also nabbed Spanish distribution rights to first-timer Luis Aviles’ thriller “Retornos,” produced by Galicia-based Vaca Films, the co-producer of 2009 Spanish B.O. sleeper “Cell 211.”

“Retornos” turns on a man who goes back to his hometown for his father’s burial, and tries to re-build relationships with his brother and daughter. VC will bow “Retornos” in Spain Oct. 29.

Owned by media-tech giant Vertice 360, VC is the result of last November’s merger of distribs Notro Films and Manga Films.

In Christmas, VC will launch Borja Cobeaga’s much-awaited comedy “No controles,” produced by a VC production subsid, Telespan, and broadcaster Antena 3.

VC aims to release some 15 pics a year, balancing Spanish and international titles.

“Our bet on Spanish movie distribution is increasing; we think that there is a good business there,” said Alex La Fuente, VC head of acquisitions and TV sales.

Inhouse movie productions plus third-party Spanish pickups mix on VC’s release slate with mainstream international titles, among them the Adrien Brody-Sarah Polley starrer “Splice,” Luis Berdejo’s horror pic “The New Daughter,” toplining Kevin Costner, and Wayne Kramer’s drama “Crossing Over,” with Harrison Ford and Ashley Judd.