The first trailer of “While at War”, by Alejandro Amenabar, will be another of the star features at the CINEMA FROM SPAIN pavilion (Gropius Bau, C1), which will bring together almost a hundred companies during the European Film Market.
“Elisa & Marcela”, a participant in the Official Competition Section, “Elisa y Marcela”, is the third original Netflix feature film in Spain, a production by Rodar y Rodar, Zenit TV, Lanube Películas and TV3 in which the Film Factory international sales agency appears as the associate producer.
The film, which has been made in black and white, tells the story of the first marriage between women in Spain, in 1901. Aimed mainly at a female audience, “Elisa y Marcela” will be simultaneously available in the 190 countries in which Netflix operates. There is the option of a selective launch in cinemas, such as recently occurred with “Roma”, directed by the Mexican Alfonso Cuarón.
A well-known face in Berlin, Coixet featured in the Berlinale Special last year with “The Bookshop”, a film that was an indisputable victory for her both in terms of prizes - best film, director and adapted script in the Spanish film awards, Goyas - and international sales, as it entered around thirty markets, including the United States, through Greenwich Entertainment, United Kingdom (Vertigo) and China (Lemon Tree).
Film Factory markets the first original film from Movistar+.
The drama “While at War” represents Amenábar’s return to filming in Spanish since “The Sea Inside”, starring Javier Bardem, won the Oscar for the best non-English-speaking film in 2005.
In the film Karra Elejalde (“Spanish Affair”) plays the role of the writer Miguel de Unamuno, who decides to support the military uprising of 1936 because of the tumultuous situation in Spain. The bloody turn of events and the imprisonment of some of his colleagues will make his initial stance be questioned.
The first original cinema production from Movistar+, “While at War” is part of the Spanish pay-to-view TV operator’s fiction production strategy. This is a joint production with the Spanish companies MOD Producciones and Himenóptero and K&S Films from Argentina.
Film Factory, which markets international rights, will present a promotion of the film to buyers during the EFM, in what will be its world market première.
As original productions from Netflix and Movistar+, “Elisa y Marcela” and “While at War” reflect the changes in the cinema business model, with the pay-to-view operators emerging as the driving forces of an industry in which the free TV companies Mediaset España, Atresmedia and RTVE have for years acted as production leaders.
To these productions we must add some thirty Spanish feature films, documentaries and series that will be presented both in the official sections of the Berlinale and at market screenings as part of the European Film Market. The business centre of the Spanish companies will be the CINEMA FROM SPAIN pavilion (Gropius Bau, C1). You can find complete information on the Spanish companies and productions at EFM 2019 here.