Nacho Garcia Velilla’s “Off Course,” Alberto Marini’s “Summer Camp” and Leticia Dolera’s “Requirements To Be a Normal Person” will screen at next week’s 9th Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings, Spain’s biggest annual international sales market for Spanish titles.
The three-day minimart, aimed to promote export sales on Spanish productions, returns after a one-year hiatus, reportedly determined by economic reasons and also to rethink the event. The 2015 edition suggests continuity, at least in format terms.
Madrid de Cine also allows a snapshot of major film industry trends in Spain. The impact of Spanish broadcast groups on local film production is evident in 2015 box office results. Scoring a successful €10.4 million ($11.4 million) B.O., Germany-set immigration dramedy “Off Course” represents a recent investment by Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of broadcaster Atresmedia, in a surer play of boarding local comedies in partnership with box office-friendly filmmakers such as Garcia Velilla.
At the 2015 local B.O., of Spanish releases this year, “Off Course” has been only surpassed by Telecinco Cinema’s toon pic “Capture the Flag,” a Paramount Pictures worldwide pickup, and the top grossing Spanish film of the year ($11.9 million), pending the Nov. 20 release of Emilio Martinez Lazaro’s “Ocho apellidos catalanes,” the sequel to 2014 local B.O. juggernaut “Spanish Affair.” Regularly strong at home, Spanish comedies’ remake rights often find international demand.
Virus thriller “Summer Camp,” the English-language directorial debut of scribe Alberto Marini (“Sleep Tight”), underscores the continuing cache of Spanish thrillers and genre films in the international market.
Godfathered by Jaume Balaguero and co-produced by Barcelona-based Filmax with U.S. Safran and Pantelion Films, the film has yet to receive a release date for Spain but has already been widely pre-sold by Filmax at the international market. Pantelion, the joint venture of Lionsgate and Televisa, will distribute in North America.
Latido Films will screen at Madrid de Cine actress-turned-helmer Leticia Dolera’s “Requirements To Be A Normal Person,” a Sundance-style offbeat romcom that won Malaga Fest Young Jury, screenplay and photography, among other prizes.
Co-produced by Telefonica Studios, “Requirements” embodies a promising feature debut by Spain’s youngest film talent. Distributed by A Contracorriente Films, it ran up an not-insignificant $460,000 in B.O. in Spain.
Organized by Spain’s Fapae producers’ confederation, Madrid de Cine will offer international buyers screenings of 48 recent Spanish pics at the Princesa Cinemas and access to a further 70 movie titles on its video library.
Press junkets will see 37 international broadcast companies from 16 countries interviewing Spanish actors, director and producers of 17 Spanish films.
According to organizers, 75 international film buyers -from 63 companies- will attend the Screenings, slightly up from 2013’s 72.
Expected among buyers are: U.S.-based Somos TV, AMC-Sundance Channel Global and Outsider Pictures, France’s Wild Bunch and Le Pacte, Italy’s Mediaset and Lucky Red, Germany’s Alamode, Arsenal and Wild Bunch Germany, Russia’s A-One Films, India’s Viswaas Films, UK’s New Wave Films and Australia’s Palace Films.
Madrid de Cine backers include the Icaa Spanish film institute, Spain’s Icex Foreign Trade Institute, Madrid’s Regional Government, Spain’s producers rights protection society Egeda, the Agency Accion Cultural AC/E and Madrid’s regional government and city council.
Event runs Nov. 16-18.