Contracorriente nabs Gaumont duo

Spanish distrib takes 'Conquest,' 'Untouchables'

MADRID — Adolfo Blanco’s arthouse distrib A Contracorriente Films has picked up Spanish rights to a duo of Gaumont pics, political thriller “The Conquest” and comedy “Untouchables.”

An out-of-competition Cannes fest preem, Xavier Durringer’s “The Conquest” chronicles French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s ascent to power, and loss of his marriage.

“Untouchables,” co-written and helmed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, toplines Francois Cluzet (“Little White Lies”) and Omar Sy (“Micmacs”) as a quadriplegic aristocrat and the young man who becomes his caregiver.

A Contracorriente also closed with New York’s sales agent Locomotive Distribution on “Unlawful Killing,” Keith Allen’s polemical docu about the 1997 deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed.

In an already unveiled deal, Contracorriente also nabbed Spanish rights to Audrey Tautou-starrer romantic melodrama “La Delicatesse,” sold by StudioCanal.

“In Spain, the only way to make profitable the investment in these movies is to score with a theatrical releases and, once in a while, sell local TV rights,” said Adolfo Blanco, who launched A Contracorriente early 2010.

“To have a hit in theaters, it’s crucial that sales agents and producers persuade talent to travel to Spain and promote their works,” Blanco added.