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Animation, art-house cinema and thrillers, the cinematographic products most sold by Spanish agents during the first half of the year

La gallina turuleca

The first half of the year has generated a significant flow of international cinema agreements marketed by the main Spanish sales agents, titles mostly produced or co-produced by Spanish companies.

One of the genres that has worked best in this period has been animation, a sector in which Spanish talent is increasingly recognised abroad.

"Over the last few months, animation has done very well here, with titles like 'Bikes', 'Elcano y Magallanes' and 'Los Lunnis', which have reaped good international sales, but above all 'La Gallina Turuleca', maybe the most eagerly-awaited film from our catalogue", says Iván Díaz, director of the international division of Filmax.

"La gallina Turuleca", which will be ready for cinema release at the end of the year, is a Spanish-Argentinian co-production directed by Víctor Monigote and Eduardo Gondell, in which the Spanish companies Tandem Films, Gloriamundi Producciones and A Fonsagrada Producions are participating together with Pampa Films and Sono Film from Argentina.

During the last edition of the American Film Market, Filmax presented a promo for this film, generating great interest from buyers, confirmed by subsequent sales to Acme Films for the Baltic Countries, Siyah Beyaz Film for Turkey, Empire Film for Romania and Hungary, Fox Vision in the countries of the former Yugoslavia, Lightning McQueen in Vietnam, Kino Swiat in Poland, Selim Ramia Co. in the Middle East, Total Film Content in the former Soviet Union and Cinemundo in Portugal. In addition, Filmax has closed its sale in mainland China and South Korea.

"Buñuel en el Laberinto de las Tortugas", another animation title with Spanish participation, is among the best-selling productions by Latido Films, who has added to the agreements already finalised in key territories such as North America (Gkids), China (Jetsen Huashi) and France (Eurozoom) with more recent sales in Taiwan (Joint Entertainment) and Hong Kong (Edko), while negotiating with buyers in the United Kingdom and Indonesia, says Antonio Saura, CEO of Latido.

These successes for independent animation films in the international arena also suggest the existence of a growing demand for content for family audiences.

"Yucatan", by Film Factory

For its part, the most successful films in the first part of the year for Film Factory Entertainment have included the comedy "Yucatan", produced by Telecinco Cinema, "El fotógrafo de Mauthausen", Mar Targarona's historical thriller; the drama directed by Carlos Vermut "Quién te cantará", the co-production with France led by Apache Films "Tu hijo" and "Elisa y Marcela", by Isabel Coixet.

"All these titles have been sold to Netflix internationally, except for some specific countries," says Vicente Canales, founder of Film Factory.

"The international buyer is looking for thrillers, genre films and quality Spanish directors," adds Canales.

Latido Films has also achieved outstanding sales with two Spanish-Argentinian co-productions, "El cuento de las comadrejas", a comedy by Juan José Campanella, and "4x4", a thriller by Mariano Cohn.

"El cuento de las comadrejas" has been sold in Italy (Movies Inspired), Portugal (Outsiders Pictures), Greece (Seven Films), Hong Kong (Edko), France (Eurozoom) and in the countries of the former Soviet Union (Russian Report).
After a long run on the international markets, "El Reino", an award-winning thriller by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, continues to generate business through Latido, with new sales agreements in the United Kingdom (Signature Entertainment), Australia (Rialto), United States (Somos TV), Canada (AZ Films), Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia (Cineplex), Argentina and the Southern Cone (Impacto) and China (Vision Film).

In pre-sales, Latido has also sealed agreements for two upcoming thrillers: "El Hoyo", produced by Zentropa Spain directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, closed with The Klockworx in Japan, Edko in Hong Kong and Activers in South Korea, and "Los asesinatos de Goya", by Gerardo Herrero, with agreements in Japan (The Klockworx), Korea (Activers), Greece (Rosebud) and France (Wild Side).

During the last Cannes film festival, Latido launched its Latido Remakes label, aimed at marketing the rights to film adaptations of successful titles outside their territory of origin.

The adaptation rights to "Campeones", Javier Fesser's very successful film, co-produced by Morena Films and RTVE, have been acquired by Remake & Co. for France, Fun High Film in China and 200 Not Out in India.

Among other remake rights, Latido is negotiating those for "4x4" in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China and India; those for "Mi obra maestra" for English speaking countries, and those for "El cuento de las comadrejas" in Italy.

Filmax has also bet heavily on the remake as a business option, managing with great success the sales of "Door Lock", the Korean adaptation of the thriller "Mientras duermes," directed by Jaume Balagueró in 2011.
"Door Lock" has already been sold in Japan, the former Soviet Union and the Baltic States, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia, Turkey, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. Meanwhile, China has acquired the remake rights of the Korean version.

High expectations

"For the second part of the year we have great expectations for 'Mientras dure la guerra', by Alejandro Amenábar, and 'La odisea de los Giles', an Argentine-Spanish co-production starring Ricardo Darín," comments Canales at the Film Factory.

For Filmax, the second half of the year also holds great promise. "Apart from 'La gallina Turuleca', there will be the first images from our latest production, 'No matarás' ('Cross The Line'), by David Victori, with Mario Casas in the leading role. We will also have several quality films such as 'Los Europeos', 'El Plan', 'El Santa Isabel', as well as a new commercial film by Telecinco Cinema, 'Si yo fuera rico'," says Iván Díaz.