Madrid de Cine: A positive balance
by Vitor Pinto
With the objective of promoting local film productions among international sales agents, producers, film commissions and the foreign press, Spain's newest film market, Madrid de Cine, ended its first edition with positive results, according to the Spanish Federation of Audiovisual Producers ( FAPAE).
Latido's line-up also included Joaquín Oristrell's Inconscientes, which sold to France, UK and Taiwan; Argentinean/Spanish war drama Blessed by Fire by Tristán Bauer, sold to Israel and Taiwan; and the recently premiered The Education of the Fairies by Jose Luis Cuerda (see news), which will be distributed in Mexico.
Sales to Eastern European territories were very dynamic, particularly for Sogepaq which sold Princesses by Goya winner Fernando León de Aranoa to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary; Daniel Sánchez Arévalo's Malaga winner DarkBlueAlmostBlack [+see also:
film profile] (see news) to Budapest Film, as well as the San Sebastian-winning title 7 Virgins to Mcf Mecacom for distribution in Serbia-Montenegro. Multivision also bought a package of 12 titles for distribution in Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia.
Madrid de Cine also offered an opportunity to relaunch old titles from two top Spanish filmmakers. Mexican distribution company Quality Films will redistribute Alejandro Ámenabar's directorial debut Thesis (1996), while KWA has closed negotiations with NonStop, which will soon distribute Almodóvar's movida title Labyrinth of Passion (1982) in Sweden.
"The first edition of Madrid de Cine has been a success. There were a great number of buyers and the sales results are pretty much encouraging. We are convinced that Madrid de Cine from now on will be an inevitable event in the buyer's agenda," concluded Simón Santiago of Sogepaq.
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