Fortissimo Picks Up Paula Ortiz’s Epic Tragedy ‘The Bride’

Free film adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's play world preems in San Sebastian's Zabaltegi

Fortissimo Films has acquired international sales rights to Paula Ortiz’s Spanish epic tragedy “La novia” (“The Bride”), which world preems at the upcoming San Sebastian Film Fest’s Zabaltegi sidebar.

A free adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s acclaimed stage play “Blood Wedding,” “The Bride” transposes to the white desert of Turkey’s Cappadocia the tragic story of the illicit, passionate love triangle between a bride who abandons her groom, unable to ignore her growing desire for her lover Leonardo. They escape into the forest pursued by the groom, who seeks violent revenge.

Pic toplines Spanish thesps Inma Cuesta (“The Sleeping Voice,” “Snow White”), Asier Etxeandia (“Ma Ma,” “Shrew’s Nest” ) and Alex Garcia (“Kamikaze,” “Six Points About Emma”).

The feature debut of Get in the Picture Productions, a Barcelona-based outfit launched in 2012 by partners Paula Ortiz, Alex Lafuente and Rosana Tomas, “The Bride” is co-produced with Spain’s REC Films, Turkey’s Mantar Film and Cine Chromatix in Germany.

Helmer-writer Paula Ortiz’s first pic, the 2011 triptych of love stories “Chrysalis,” starring Maribel Verdu-starrer, considered by critics as one of the most notable debuts of recent years in Spain.

“Ortiz depicts love and passion as rarely seen before on screen. The film is mesmerizing, and we are eager to help share this powerful cinematic experience,” said Fortissimo Films’ Berenice Fugard, SVP of Acquisitions.

“We are delighted that our unique and powerful film will be in the hands of Fortissimo and their team, in the company of the outstanding and excellent films they represent,” Get In The Picture’s Alex Lafuente added.

Fortissimo Films will start international sales on the “The Bride” at September’s Venice Intl. Film Festival.

Alex Lafuente’s distribution company Betta Pictures will release the film in Spain on Nov. 27.

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