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Apaches Ent. launches Apachete, Mapache

Wild Bunch, Antena 3 Films join 'Windows'

Spain’s Apaches Entertainment, which has “Intruders,” “Extraterrestrial” and “Verbo” playing at the San Sebastian Film Festival, is setting up low-budget label Mapache and TV division Apachete, the company revealed at the fest.

Apaches has also announced more details on “Windows,” the upcoming pic from “Extraterrestrial” helmer Nacho Vigalondo.

Maria Angulo, exec producer on Basque helmer Borja Cobeaga’s “Love Storming” and “With or Without Love,” is heading Mapache, which will focus on local pics, mostly comedies, budgeted up to €2 million ($2.7 million), Apaches founder Enrique Lopez Lavigne told Variety.

The Spanish-language films will target the domestic box office, and will be without international elements.

“If they do international business, it’s great, but they target the Spanish market,” Lopez Lavigne said.

He cites films produced by Francisco Ramos and Antena 3 Films’ teen comedies as examples of the type of pic the label will produce.

The first Mapache project is “Yo hombre” (Me Man), written by Abraham Sastre and Ivan Bouso, both screenwriters at Globomedia. Pic shoots next spring.

Apachete will be overseen by Belen Atienza and Lopez Lavigne. It is readying sitcom “Verguenza ajena” (Spanish Shame) for Spanish paybox Canal Plus.

Skein, scripted by Juan Cabestany and Alvaro Fernandez Armero, is in pre-production and will shoot in spring.

” ‘Shame’ will be irreverent, provocative, incorrect and fun, the opposite of a free-to-air general sitcom,” Lopez Lavigne said. Angulo will exec produce.Lopez Lavigne added: “Apaches can’t absorb more projects, nor, as a talent-driven production house, do we want to grow more in such a difficult contemporary film and TV context.”

One solution is to create divisions, collaborating with producers as necessary.

Meanwhile, after 18 months in development, the English-language “Windows,” which Vigalondo also wrote, is skedded to roll first quarter 2012.

“Windows” is produced by Apaches and Antena 3 Films, and sold internationally by Wild Bunch.

Part of Apaches’ first slate, “Windows” started off as an experimental movie along the lines of “Paranormal Activity” and “Cloverfield.”

Since then, “Windows” has “gained in commercial design,” added Lopez Lavigne, who described it as “a tense, fast-paced thriller with drops of humor and horror, about the world of the Web, which has made prisoners of us all.”

Currently casting, “Windows” is budgeted at about $4 million, but has “a highly ambitious production design, which multiplies its value,” Lopez Lavigne said.

Launched 2009, Apaches first slate comprises “Intruders,” “Verbo,” “Windows” and “The Impossible,” now in post.

Apaches’ second slate “won’t be less or more ambitious, but will be determined by these directors’ success,” Lopez Lavigne said.

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