×

‘7,’ ‘E,’ ‘Model’ to play at Madrid Screenings

Austerity-hit Spanish mart scales back

MADRID — Alberto Rodriguez’s “Unit 7,” Miguel Courtois’ “Operation E” and Fernando Trueba’s “The Artist and the Model” all play the 7th Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings, which runs June 18-20.

Buyers will also catch a trailer for Fernando Colomo’s “La Bande a Picasso,” a new Imagina international pick-up.

A hard-boiled corrupt-cop thriller, the Film Factory-sold “Unit 7” gleaned positive reviews and a standout €2.3 million ($2.9 million) via Warner Bros. in Spain. A U.S. sale is in the offing.

Colombian political drama “Operation E,” which sees Courtois (“GAL”) return to political critique, has been picked up for France by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. The pic, which is repped in international markets by DeAPlaneta, looks bound for a major fall fest.

The latest from Trueba, an Academy Award winner for “Belle Epoque” and a nominee with “Chico & Rita,” and with significant major territory sales potential, “Model” stars Jean Rochefort (“Man on the Train”) as a sculptor searching for inspiration in 1942 war-torn France.

A comedy, “Picasso” turns on the painter’s involvement in the 1911 robbery of the “Mona Lisa” from the Louvre.

Latido will screen Gerardo Herrero’s sales hit “Silence in the Snow,” a Russian Front thriller set in 1941.

Event also features two top Malaga Spanish Fest winners: Patricia Ferreira’s “The Wild Ones” and Imanol Uribe’s “Orange Honey.”

Screenings host four world preems: potential Spanish market blockbuster “I Want You,” English-language drama “Tangernacion,” Telespan 2000-produced protective mother thriller “Vulnerable,” and immigrant drama “Southern Stars.”

The Screenings, Spain’s national film mart, akin to Unifrance’s Paris Rendez-vous, frames a paradox of the economic crisis: A belt-tightening Spain has less money to promote exports, yet sales, especially pre-sales, are becoming an ever-more important part of Spanish films’ financing as domestic funding contracts.

Pedro Perez, prexy of Spanish producers’ association Fapae, the Screenings’ organizer, said 53 distribution companies will attend the mart, down from 2011’s 75. The Screenings’ budget, although undeclared, is reported to be 40% below last year’s. This year, organizers have not paid buyers’ flights, Perez said.

Among buyers expected to attend are Germany’s Senator and Universum, Italy’s Lucky Red, Mexico’s Quality Films, Japan’s Shochiku, Blighty’s Revolver Ent., and, from the U.S., Tribeca, Somos TV, Beverly Hill Ent. and TLA Releasing.

Spain’s Institute for Foreign Trade, Icaa Spanish Film Institute and Madrid regional and town hall authorities, among others, co-finance the Screenings.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Refugees from the besieged Muslim enclave

    Sarajevo’s True Stories Market: Documenting the Atrocities of War

    Reconciliation and dealing with the tragedies of the Yugoslav Wars has been a major focus of the Sarajevo Film Festival and its CineLink Industry Days event in recent years. The True Stories Market, launched in 2016, aims to connect filmmakers with organizations that are researching and documenting the Yugoslav Wars that spanned 1991 to 2001 [...]

  • Ena Sendijarevic’s ‘Take Me Somewhere Nice’

    Ena Sendijarevic’s ‘Take Me Somewhere Nice’ Wins Top Prize in Sarajevo

    “Take Me Somewhere Nice,” Bosnian director Ena Sendijarević’s coming-of-age story about a teen raised in the Netherlands who returns to Bosnia to visit her ailing father, won the top prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival Thursday night, earning the Amsterdam-based helmer the coveted Heart of Sarajevo Award. The jury heralded the “beautifully photographed, acted, scripted [...]

  • Khadar Ahmed - BUFO - photo

    Bufo Sets Key Cast for Co-Production ‘The Gravedigger' (EXCLUSIVE)

    HAUGESUND, Norway  —   Actor Omar Abdi, who starred in the Ahmed-scripted short “Citizens,” and actress Yasmin Warsame, who made her name as a Canadian model, will topline romantic-tragedy “The Gravedigger,” the latest big screen project from Bufo, the Helsinki-based outfit behind Berlinale winner “The Other Side of Hope.” The film follows a Djibouti gravedigger [...]

  • Jacobs Ladder Movie 2019

    Film Review: 'Jacob's Ladder'

    It’s understandable that someone would want to remake “Jacob’s Ladder,” Adrian Lyne’s 1990 head-trip thriller about a Vietnam veteran haunted by fragmentary nightmare visions. I was far from alone in finding the original to be an overwrought but rather thin “psychological” horror film that was more punishing than pleasurable. And it wasn’t exactly a hit, [...]

  • Fiddler A Miracle of Miracles

    Film Review: 'Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles'

    Still beloved and routinely revived 55 years after its Broadway debut — including a Yiddish-language version now playing in New York — “Fiddler on the Roof” is a popular phenomenon that shows no sign of subsiding. Max Lewkowicz’s “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” provides an entertaining if hardly exhaustive overview of how the unlikely success [...]

  • 'Weathering With You' Heads for $100

    'Weathering With You' Heads for $100 Million Box Office Haul

    Makoto Shinkai’s animated romantic drama “Weathering with You” passed the JPY10 billion ($94 million) mark in Japan on Wednesday, according to an announcement by distributor Toho. This makes it the tenth-highest earning Japanese film of all time. Since its release on July 19 on 448 screens in 359 complexes, the film has racked up 7.52 million admissions. The [...]

  • Burn review

    Film Review: 'Burn'

    There’s more smoke than fire in “Burn,” a reasonably promising single-location thriller that never quite settles on what it wants to be — a straight-up suspense piece, twisty black comedy, oddball character study, etc. “All the above” would be a tall but not impossible order to pull off. The problem is that writer-director Mike Gan’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content