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‘Combustion,’ ‘Alpha,’ ‘Love’ Bow at Madrid de Cine

Screening hosts a slew of market preems

Daniel Calparsoro’s “Combustion,” Joan Cutrina’s “Alpha” and Santiago Tabernero’s “Inside Love” will screen at next week’s 8th Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings, Spain’s biggest annual international sales market for Spanish titles.

Madrid de Cine inevitably delivers a snapshot of major industry trends in still one of Europe’s biggest markets and production centers.

A high-testosterone action-thriller framed by a passionate love triangle, “Combustion’s” bullish pre-sales, now at 30 international territory deals, underscore the continuing cache of Spanish thrillers and genre films in the international marketplace.

Film Factory will screen “Combustion” at Madrid with a select clutch of major territories still open, including the U.S. and Scandinavia, said CEO Vicente Canales.

An ex-con’s one-last-job action-thriller, “Alpha” plays off Joan Cutrina background as a documentary filmmaker whose films sometimes turn on the criminal world.

Based on Spaniard Clara Sanchez’s novel, fantasy thriller “Inside Love” toplines Marta Etura (“Cell 211”) and Eduardo Noriega (“Vantage Point”), and marks Noriega’s debut as feature film writer. Here, he co-wrote with scribe-director Santiago Tabernero.

“Alpha” and Laura Alvea and Jose F. Ortuno’s black comedy “The Extraordinary Tale (of the Times Table)” are two of nine market bows.

The high market preem count at Madrid de Cine “suggests an increasing number of Spanish producers use Madrid de Cine to kick-off their films’ international careers,” said Pedro Perez, prexy of Spanish producers’ org Fapae, the Madrid de Cine organizer.

Madrid de Cine also works as a springboard for film biz announcements and echo-chamber for its key Spanish industry concerns.

Presenting the Screenings Wednesday, Perez defended the need for an international film mart such as Madrid de Cine, and all the more so in times of deep crisis.

“If Spain’s recovery comes from anywhere, it will be driven by exports,” he said.

According to Perez, 54 international film buyers will attend the Screenings, on a par with 2012 but down from 2011’s 75.

Expected among buyers are: U.S.-based Somos TV, Olympusat and Beverly Hills Ent., Germany’s Arsenal, France’s Bac Films, Italy’s Medusa Films and Lucky Red, Blighty’s Grimm Ent., Australia’s Umbrella and Only Hearts and Shochiku from Japan.

Thesp Jose Coronado (“No Rest for the Wicked,” “The Body”) will be this year’s Madrid de Cine godfather.

Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings run June 17-19.

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