San Sebastian: Spain’s TVE Bets on Co-production

Pubcaster’s unveils two event movies, ‘Life in a Day’ project from Isabel Coixet, and a historical epic

SAN SEBASTIAN – After many years of only pre-buying Spanish films’ TV rights, Spain’s national public broadcaster TVE is upping the ante in terms of movie involvement, boarding as co-producer two feature projects: Isabel Coixet’s “Spain in a Day”; Jordi Frades’ period drama “La corona partida.”

TVE’s first event movie, “Spain in a Day” is the line of a Spanish version of Ridley Scott’s “Life in a Day,” and is produced in partnership with Jaume Roures’ Mediapro.

The film will have as protagonists anonymous citizens, who, on Oct. 24, will record themselves to capture 24 hours in the life of Spain through their eyes and voices. Homing in on some of the most significant images, Isabel Coixet will direct a film that will be presented at the 2016 San Sebastian Festival edition.

Toplining Rodolfo Sancho (“Isabel,” “No Rest for the Wicked”) and Irene Escolar (“Un otoño sin Berlín”), “La corona partida” focuses on the intrigues sparked in Spain after the death of Isabella I of Castille and the struggle for power between Ferdinand II of Aragon and Phillipe The Handsom.

Co-produced with Barcelona’s Diagonal TV, “La corona partida” will link thematically two of TVE’s top primetime TV fictions, “Isabel” and “Carlos, Rey Emperador.”

Now in post, the film will probably hit Spanish theaters by February with about 200-prints. TVE is finalizing a deal with eOne Entertainment for it to release “La corona” in Spain and further film territories where eOne operates.

“The return to film co-production will allow us access to returns from the Spanish B.O. and international market and, at the same time, to have a bigger participation in the film projects than when we are mere TV rights pre-buyers,” Lopez said.

As part of TVE’s annual commitment with Spanish film and TV industry, pubcaster is investing €22 million-€25 million ($24.5 million- $28 million) in Spanish films in 2015, said TVE director Jose Ramon Diez  at a press conference Friday in San Sebastian. TVE’s estimated commitment falls slightly short of 2014’s $29 million.

In total, TVE has backed this year 33 feature films, 25 documentaries and four TV movies.

Film projects whose TV rights have been acquired by TVE include Jaume Balaguero’s Filmax-produced horror thriller “13 Damas,” Zeta Cinema’s “No culpes al karma de lo que pasa,” directed by Maria Ripoll, Paco Plaza’s chiller “El expediente,” and Paco Roca’s animated feature “Un hombre en pijama.”

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