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Madrid de Cine puts genre pix center stage

Lineup includes 'Sleep Tight,' Verbo,' 'Blind Alley'

MADRID — Jaume Balaguero’s “Sleep Tight,” Eduardo Chapero-Jackson’s “Verbo” and Antonio Trashorras’ “Blind Alley” will be among the standouts at the 6th Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings.

Running June 19-21, mart is aimed at boosting Spanish pics’ sales and arouse foreign press interest.

Madrid de Cine underscores the strength of Spanish genre movie production.

Balaguero’s psychological thriller “Sleep Tight,” already an international pre-sales hit for Barcelona-based production house Filmax Ent., will screen in Madrid as a completed pic.

Produced by Telecinco Cinema and Apaches, Chapero-Jackson’s debut “Verbo,” a futuristic fantasy about a disturbed teen embarking on a reality-twisting adventure, will also screen as a finished film.

In “Blind Alley” — for which sales agent DeAPlaneta will show a trailer — helmer Antonio Trashorras chronicles a woman’s nightmarish night in a laundry, hounded by a killer.

“We really believe that this year’s Madrid de Cine could be great in terms of good new titles, especially genre films,” said Daniel Goroshko, acquisitions exec at Russia’s A-One Films.

This year’s edition “will be the strongest to date because of the level of buyers and the quality of this year’s Spanish movie output,” said Pedro Perez, prexy of Fapae producers association, Thursday at the mart’s presentation in Madrid.

A total of 45 Spanish movies will screen this year, with 75 companies from 29 countries, mainly from Europe, attending the market.

Event takes place at Alta Films’ downtown Princesa arthouse and the Melia Princesa Arguelles Hotel.

Helmer Fernando Trueba will act as godfather for 2011’s Madrid de Cine edition.

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