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Spain’s Festival Films Nabs San Sebastian Contender ‘Sunset Song’

Terence Davies' epic, sold by Fortissimo, world preems at Toronto

Festival Films has taken Spanish distribution rights to Terence Davies’ intimate epic “Sunset Song,” sold by Fortissimo Films.

The film has been selected to play in the San Sebastian Festival’s main competition this September after world preeming in Toronto, as a part of its Special Presentations sidebar.

Pic toplines Agyness Deyn, who is set to appear in the forthcoming Coen Brothers pic “Hail, Caesar”; Peter Mullan (“Tyrannosaur”); and Kevin Guthrie (“The Legend of Barney Thomson”).

Terence Davies’ awaited adaptation of the novel by Scottish writer Lewis Grassic Gibbon, “Sunset Song” is set in a rural Scottish community, focusing on a young woman, Chris (Deyn), and her passion for life, the unsettled Ewan (Guthrie) and an unforgiving land.

The impact of World War I is felt from a distance, bringing the rapidly changing modern world to bear on this community in the harshest possible way.

Bilbao and Madrid-based Festival Films, an indie distribution company mainly focused on auteurs, arthouse and edgy films, has previously launched in Spain British titles such as Terence Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea,” the Peter Mullan starrer “Tyrannosaur” and Shane Meadows’ “Somers Town” and “This Is England.” More recently, Festival released the Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi vampire spoof “What We Do in the Shadows.”

“We are very excited about the film. We have had the pleasure to work with Terence Davies before, and we are eager to start this new adventure,” said Festival’s operations manager Suso Gomez-Cambronero.

“Suso and (Festival partner) Juan Marsal have been tracking this film for the longest time. We are delighted to have them as the Spanish distributor and also be able to benefit from the prestige of San Sebastian competition,” said Fortissimo Films’ Nicole Mackey, exec VP of international sales.

A U.K./Luxembourg co-production presented by the BFI Film Fund, Film Fund Luxembourg, Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland, the film is produced by Hurricane Films’ Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos, Iris Productions’ Nicolas Steil and exec produced by SellOutPictures’ Bob Last.

Metrodome Distribution recently acquired U.K. and Irish rights (excluding TV, which remains with the BBC) and will release the film in the final quarter of this year.

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