MADRID – Bringing down the flag on its Cannes sales slate campaign, Germany’’s Media Luna has announced it will be handling international rights on five brand new acquisitions, including Dominique Deruddere’s “Flying Home” with “Fifty Shades of Grey” lead Jamie Dornan.
Including Cartagena Fest opener “Ciudad Delirio,” the other four pickups are from Spain or Latin America, a reflection of Media Luna’s energetic presence in major Latin American meets last month, such as Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival.
At Guadalajara, Media Luna initiated negotiations on a pair of now-confirmed titles: Jorge Perez Solano’s “La Tirisia,” and Jack Zagha’s “One For the Road.” “Aces,” from Spain’s Alfinso Zarauza, completes the new acquisition trawl.
Unseen, romantic drama “Flying Home,” from Dominique Deruddere, one of Belgium’s most open of art-house auteurs, toplines Dorman as a scheming investment banker who tries to win a Skeikh’s trust and business by buying him a champion racing pigeon from a Belgium pidgeon fancier. When he meets the stubborn owner and his beautiful granddaughter, he begins to believe there’s more to life than the latest deal.
A Colombia-Spain co-production and across-the-tracks comedy romancer between a shy Spaniard (Julian Villagran) and exuberant but cash-strapped salsa dancer (Carolina Ramirez), is helmed by Spain’s Chus Gutierrez and set in Colombia’s Cali. Few cities are so obsessed by salsa, or dance it at more supersonic speed.
Winning Gustavo Sanchez Parra the best actor award at March’s Guadalajara Festival, “La tirisia” turns on a married woman who, having given birth to a baby out of wedlock, has to decide whether to abandon the child when her husband returns from work abroad.
Also first seen at Guadalajara, Jack Zagha’s humorous road-movie “One For the Road,” turns on the final adventures and misadventures of three 80-year-old-plus buddies, laced with music by folk-singer Jose Alfredo Jimenez.
“Zarauza’s “Aces” stars two of Spain’s most reputed thesps: Lola Duenas, seen in Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver,” Alejandro Amenabar’s oscar-winning “The Sea Inside,” and “The Women of the 6th Floor,” and Luis Tosar (“Even the Rain,” “Sleep Tight,” “Cell 211” and “Miami Vice”). Turning on the experiences of Neneta, a woman who becomes a construction-worker during Spain’s real-estate bubble, “Ases, a dark-humored drama,” describes the origins of Spain’s crisis, which has left six million unemployed.