Spain, Argentina set for ‘Sexo facil’

Etura, Gutierrez, Areces attached to Flah debut

MADRID — Spain’s Iconica and Lazona are teaming with Argentina’s Cepa Audiovisual and Utopica Cine to produce romantic comedy “Sexo facil, peliculas tristes.”

It’s the directorial debut of Alejo Flah, who co-wrote Juan Jose Campanella’s miniseries “Vientos de agua” and co-wrote Ricardo Darin thriller “The 7th Floor,” which Fox picked up for North and Latin America at Cannes.

Shuttling between Buenos Aires and Madrid, and reality and fiction, “Sexo” turns on an Argentinean screenwriter hired to write a romantic comedy set to shoot in Spain. The trouble is, his own love-life is a disaster.

A top-notch Spanish cast of Marta Etura (“Cell 211”), Quim Gutierrez (“Cousinhood”) and Carlos Areces (“Game of Werewolves”) is attached. The Argentine cast is being chosen.

“Sexo’s” screenplay was put through last year’s Oaxaca Screenwriter Lab, co-organized with the Sundance Institute, and an Equinoxe Germany screenwriting course this May.

Selected for the San Sebastian Festival’s first Europe-Latin America Coproduction Forum, ” ‘Sexo’ is an attempt, rather like the 1990s comedies of Cameron Crowe and Richard Linklater, to take a classic romantic comedy structure and play with convention, giving it a new and contemporary twist,” Flah told Variety.

Spain and Argentina have co-production hits on both sides of the Atlantic, including “The Secret in Their Eyes,” “Chinese Takeaway” and “The Man Next Door.”

Iconica has “El muerto y ser feliz,” by Javier Rebollo (“Woman Without Piano”), in competition at San Sebastian.

Lazona produced 2012’s top Goya winner “No Rest for the Wicked,” and Utopica produced “Las Acacias,” which won Cannes’ 2011 Camera d’Or.

Cepa co-produces “7th Floor.”

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