Comedies and thrillers are the genres on which the production companies are most likely to bet. Free access TV networks continue to be a fundamental driving force for the industry.
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Here is a sample of the Spanish titles premiering in 2020:
Dani de la Orden's wedding comedy “The Wedding Planner" (Hasta que la boda nos separe) is a production of Atresmedia Cine and Álamo Producciones with Belén Cuesta, recent winner of the Goya for Best Actress for her work in "The Endless Trench" (La trinchera infinita) and Álex García ("If I Were a Rich Man" (Si yo fuera rico)) in the leading rolls. The film promises to make a real splash at the Spanish box office, in addition to significant international sales thanks to Film Factory Entertainment.
On March 13th action comedy “Operación Camarón” arrives in theaters, directed by Carlos Therón and produced by Telecinco Cinema and La Pepa Films and with LaZona Films and Quexito Films as associate producers. An adaptation of the 2014 Italian film "Song of Napoli" (Song é Napule), its international sales will be managed by RaiCom, a division of the Italian public television network Rai.
A week later "White on White" (Blanco en blanco) by Spanish-Chilean creator Théo Court will be released, having already enjoyed a successful tour of the festival circuit, winning awards such as the Orizzonti for Best Director and the Fipresci, both at the latest edition of the Venice Biennale. This co-production from El Viaje Films with Chilean company Don Quijote Films is being sold by French agent Stray Dogs.
"Offering to the Storm" (Ofrenda a la tormenta) is the final entry in the Baztan Trilogy, an adaptation of the literary smash hit by Dolores Redondo. Directed by Fernando González Molina and starring Marta Etura, it is produced by Nostromo Pictures and Mantecadas Salazar AIE, in association with Atresmedia Cine and German company Nadcon Film, with ZDF, Arte and Orange as associate producers. Expectations are high on the heels of the first two titles in the saga, "The Invisible Guardian” (El guardián invisible) and "The Legacy of the Bones” (Legado en los huesos), both of which achieved solid performances in Spanish cinemas, where they sold more than 800,000 tickets. Film Factory is selling the movie on the international market.
Morena Films and Películas Pendelton are producing the comedy “Historias lamentables”, the latest work from Javier Fesser since multi-award-winning blockbuster "Champions" (Campeones). Latido Films is selling the film, released in Spain on April 30th, with additional participation from Amazon and TVE.
On July 17th Sony will release the family comedy "Father There is Only One, 2" (Padre no hay más que uno 2), sequel to a recent major success from Santiago Segura, which was the film with the highest box-office gross last year (14.2 million euros).
Another title which is certain to attract a lot of interest right off the bat, in Spain as well as abroad, is the melodrama “El verano que vivimos”, a production of Bambú Producciones, Atresmedia Cine, La Claqueta and Warner Bros. Pictures International. It features Carlos Sedes (“Fariña”) as director and stars Blanca Suárez ("Cable Girls” (Las chicas del cable)) and Javier Rey (“Fariña”). This high-budget Spanish production (6 million euros), filmed in in Jerez and Galicia, will travel the world thanks to Warner, who have secured nearly all the distribution rights.
Vaca Films, producer of thrillers which speak to audiences beyond Spain such as "Cell 211" (Celda 211), "Extinction" and “The Kid” (El Niño), will release “Sky High” (Hasta el cielo) in August, an action film shot on location in Madrid, Ibiza and Valencia and directed by Daniel Calparsoro. It has been made with the participation of TVE and Movistar Plus and will be sold by French distributor PlayTime Group.
October 2nd is the planned release date of "My Heart Goes Boom!" (Explota Explota), a co-production with Italy from Tornasol Films and TVE set in the '70s, inspired by the work of singer Raffaella Carrà. Directed by Spanish-Uruguayan Nacho Álvarez, with production by Tornasol and Indigo Film, it will also be available on Amazon Prime Video following its release in theaters. Latido is managing international sales for this title, which has a considerable commercial draw not only in Spain but also in Latin America and Europe, where Raffaella Carrà's music has become very popular.
Mario Casas, one of Spain's most successful actors, stars in the thriller "Cross the Line" (No matarás), the latest work from David Victori, an internationally-renowned director thanks to works such as “Zero”, a Youtube webseries produced in 2015 by Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender. Filmax are the producers, a Catalan company which will also distribute the movie in both Spain - starting on October 16th - as well as on the international markets.
The historical drama “Akelarre”, by Argentinian director Pablo Agüero ("Eva Doesn't Sleep" (Eva no duerme)), was presented as a project at the Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum at the San Sebastián Film Festival in 2017, winning the International Prize. A Spanish-French-Argentinian co-production with the participation of Basque groups Kowalski Films and Lamia Producciones by way of Sorgin Films AIE, along with French groups La Fidèle and Tita Productions, is due to premiere in the fall. Filming in Navarre and Basque Country allowed the project to take advantage of attractive tax breaks.
With international sales by Film Factory Entertainment, the thriller “Black Beach” is Esteban Crespo's second feature film, following his Goya-winning, Oscar-nominated short film "That Wasn't Me" (Aquel no era yo). This production of LaZona Films, Nephilim Producciones and Belgian Scope Pictures, with Candela Peña (“Hierro”) and Raúl Arévalo ("Marshland" (La Isla Mínima)), will also be available in theaters in the fall.
The end of the year will see the release of “Way Down”, by Jaume Balagueró, a co-production of Telecinco Cinema and French company TF1, one of the year's most highly-anticipated releases. TF1 will bring the film to the international markets.