Sony Pictures bets on ‘Pelayos’

Daniel Bruhl-starrer opens April 27 in Spain

MADRID — Sony Pictures Releasing has snagged Spanish theatrical and home entertainment rights to adventure-movie “The Pelayos” (Winning Streak), starring Daniel Bruhl.

The Sony pickup will help consolidate “Pelayos'” status as one of Spain’s higher-profile and audience-friendly films of the year, both at home and abroad.

Pic is based on the true story of the Pelayos, a Spanish family that discovered a way to legally win at roulette, making hundreds of millions of dollars at casinos around the world.

Catalan helmer Eduard Cortes (“Nobody’s Life”) directed and co-penned the script alongside Piti Espanol.

The choral feature also stars Lluis Homar (“Broken Embraces”), Blanca Suarez (“The Skin I Live In”), Eduard Fernandez (“Biutiful”), Miguel Angel Silvestre (“Verbo”) and Vicente Romero (“Cell 211”).

Produced by Loris Omedes at Barcelona-based Bausan Films, and Alea Docs & Films’ co-founder Daniel Hernandez, “Pelayos” is backed by Spanish pubcaster RTVE and Catalonia’s TV3. Canal Plus has taken pay TV rights.

Sold internationally by Film Factory Ent., one of Spain’s most active international film sellers, it’s already been acquired by Wild Bunch Germany for German-speaking territories.

“The Pelayos” is not a pureplay youth movie, but Spanish cinema attendance is skewing notably older as the country suffers a youth unemployment rate of around 48%.

Film, which bows in Spain April 27 on around 300 prints, world preems April 21 opening the 15th Malaga Spanish Film Festival.