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Alta partners Saura’s ‘Flamenco’

Pic to screen at Seville European Film Fest

MADRID — Spain’s top arthouse distrib-exhib, Alta Films, has acquired Spanish theatrical and DVD rights to Carlos Saura’s music docupic “Flamenco, Flamenco.”

Shot in Seville, “Flamenco” continues Saura’s creative relationship with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Pic features perfs from some of flamenco’s greatest talents, such as guitarists Paco de Lucia and Manolo Sanlucar, dancers Farruquito and Sara Baras, plus singers Miguel Poveda and Jose Merce.

“Flamenco” marks the first feature film production from Seville’s General de Producciones y Diseno, one of Spain’s top museum, events and exhibition designers.

Pic is budgeted at Euros 4.25 million ($5.5 million).

Imagina Intl. Sales has picked up international rights.

Doc’s Spanish premiere will take place Nov. 11 via a special gala screening at the 7th Seville European Film Fest.

Europe’s main festival dedicated solely to European films, this year Seville will also pay tribute to Stephen Frears, who will receive its International Honorary Award at the opening ceremony, followed by the Spanish premiere of Frears’ “Tamara Drew.”

Other fest standouts include a focus on the Netherlands film industry, with Dutch actress Johanna ter Steege (“Paradise Road”) as Seville’s main jury prexy.

An EFA Selection will screen pics pre-selected by the European Film Academy, whose nominations announcement, on Nov. 6, represents one of Seville’s highlights.

Fest runs Nov. 5-13.

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