It’s not only the Spanish Academy that is sold on “Marshland.” Claiming 10 Goyas Feb. 7 in Madrid – among them, pic, director, original screenplay – Alberto Rodriguez’s early 1980s noirish serial killer thriller, set in the wetlands outside Seville, has almost sold out rights around the world for Film Factory Entertainment.
Joining France’s Le Pacte, a deal announced by Variety at September’s San Sebastian festival, “Marshland” has now closed the U.K. (Altitude), Germany (Koch Media), Japan (Klockworx), Italy (Movies Inspired), Australia/New Zealand (Vendetta), and Latin American pay TV (Fox).
Other deals include Switzerland (Praesens), Greece (Weirdwave), ex-Yugoslavia (MCF), Turkey (Sinema TV), Portugal (Zon Lusomundo), Canada (AZ Films), Hungary (MTVA), Czech Republic/Slovakia (Vapet), Middle East (SRND), Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic (Palmera) and airlines (Encore).
On the U.S, Film Factory is entering “the final straits of negotiation, and will announce a deal shortly,” said the company’s Vicente Canales.
Made in a still ideologically riven country, Spanish films still too often portray saints and out-and-out villains. “Marshland” is one of Spain’s earliest films to take a far more realistic view of human psychology, suggesting that a cop who committed terrible crimes under Franco is also capable of heroism – and that he will never be brought to a court of law for his past crimes. That nuanced vision receives an equally nuanced performance from Javier Gutierrez, which merited a best actor Goya.