Cobeaga to direct comedy

'No controles' is his second feature

Borja Cobeaga, one of Spain’s top new comedy film talents, is set to direct his second feature, “No controles.”

A romantic comedy, written by Cobeaga and Diego San Jose, “No controles” is set up at Tomas Cimadevilla’s Telespan 2000, part of Spain’s Vertice 360 group, Cobeaga’s Sayaka Prods. Audiovisuales and Antena 3 Films, which has emerged as one of Spain’s biggest production houses.

Vertice Sales has international rights.

The film production and acquisitions division of Spanish broadcaster Antena 3, now under prexy Mikel Lejarza, Antena 3 Films co-produced Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” which plays Cannes out of competition on Saturday.

A screwball-style, second-chance romantic comedy, “No controles” stars Unax Ugalde (“Che”) as a Spanish loser given a unexpected opportunity to win back his ex-girlfriend (Alejandra Jimenez) at an airport hotel.

Oscar nommed in 2007 for live action short “One Too Many,” Cobeaga made his feature debut with geek-in-love comedy “Friend Zone,” which grossed E2 million ($2.5 million) in Spain.

Antena 3 Films has also put into development “Brain Drain 2.” Original, a gross-out romantic comedy was set at Oxford U.; sequel segues across the pond to Harvard. It is currently being written by “Brain Drain” scribes Alex Pina and Curro Velazquez. A director has yet to be attached.

“Antena 3 Films has two production lines: one is established directors — Woody Allen, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo — with international projects,” said CEO Mercedes Gamero.

“Also we’re working with a crop of young Spanish directors — Fernando Gonzalez Molina, Nacho Garcia Velilla and Borja Cobeaga — who aren’t ashamed about making mainstream movies near in taste to young cinemagoers, and often use a TV star system.”

In the last year, Antena 3 Films has teamed with Universal Pictures Intl. on two movies: the Rodar y Rodar-produced “Julia’s Eyes,” which A3F co-produces and UPI distributes in Spain, France and Latin America; and the Apaches-produced “Intruders,” from Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”), which UPI and A3F co-produce and co-finance.

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