Film Factory Takes Four-Pic Apache Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Deal joins two of the most prominent film forces in the Spanish-speaking world

Paco Plaza, Carlos Vermut
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Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Entertainment has sealed a four-movie output deal with Enrique Lopez Lavigne’s Apache Films.

Presented to buyers by Canales at Cannes, the quartet is led by “The File,” a real case-based horror movie from “(REC)” co-director Paco Plaza, and “The Singer,” a dark women’s drama from Carlos Vermut.

Also on the slate: “Maus,” a fantasy horror first feature from short film director Yayo Herrero (“Picnic,” “Safari”), and “The Call,” an offbeat musical comedy, the debut of actors Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi.

Vermut’s third feature, “The Singer,” is a tale of a world-famous singer, Lila, who loses her memory in an accident. Her number one fan, Eva, helps her to remember who she was.

Presented via a teaser at Cannes, “Maus” centers on a couple, Alec and Sasa, who are vacationing in Bosnia-Herzegovina when Sasa, a Muslim survivor of the Balkan Wars, senses a mysterious force pursuing them. Principal photography starts in August. Alma Terzic (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”) and Javier Botet (“The Revenant,” “(REC)”) star.

Inspired by a stage hit in Spain and Latin America, “The Call” toplines Macarena Garcia (“Blancanieves,” “Palm Trees in the Snow”) and one of Spanish comedies rising stars, Belen Cuesta (“Kiki: Love to Love”). Billed as a hymn to freedom and young love, it turns on two teens at a summer camp run by nuns.

Lopez-Lavigne is also producing “Shame,” a caustic romantic half-hour and the first premium TV series put into production at telco giant Telefonica’s Movistar Plus.