M-Appeal nabs Lacuesta’s ‘Double Steps’

Deal sealed at San Seb where 'Steps' plays in competish

SAN SEBASTIAN — In one of the first deals to go down on a Competition title at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Berlin’s M-Appeal has inked world sales outside Spain and Switzerland to “The Double Steps.

Steps” is directed by Catalan Isaki Lacuesta, who helmed San Sebastian Competition entry “The Damned,” which merited a Fipresci Prize in 2009.

M-Appeal has also taken world rights to “The Clay Diaries,” Lacuesta’s documentary on Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo’s African paintings.

Deal was sealed Thursday morning between “Steps'” lead-producer Luisa Matienzo, at Barcelona’s Tusitala, and M-Appeal head of acquisitions Anne Wiedlack.

Written by Lacuesta and Isa Campo, the Mali-set, genre-shifting “Steps” mixes road movie and Western tropes with docu-portions and reflections on story-telling.

Kicking off with a group of artists searching for a bunker painted by last century French artist-come-hermit Francois Augieras, it cuts to a boy who sets out for Mali’s City of Saints where he becomes a bandit. Pic also includes cutaways of Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo as he paints.

Steps” is co-produced by Switzerland’s Bord Cadre Films. Avalon Distribution will release it in Spain.

We wanted a film which was as chameleonic as Augieras himself,” Lacuesta said.

M-Appeal is energetic and passionate — just the right company for such as singular film as ‘The Double Steps,'” Matienzo said at San Sebastian.

We’re very excited to work with Isaki Lacuesta, who is part of a new wave of Spanish cinema with a very unique film language and narration,” Wiedlack told Variety.

On top of that, she added, “the artist Miquel Barcelo is taking part in the films, so we have two of the most interesting and upcoming of artists from Spain who, together, created two wonderful films!”