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Pagafantas to get German remake

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Pagafantas to get German remake
Exclusive: Spanish sales outfit Cinema Republic together with Cienfuegos Films has closed a deal on its feature Pagafantas, directed by Borja Cobeaga.

Remake rights have been sold to Andreas Brauer of Hupe Films in Germany. The deal was confirmed by Cinema Republic director David Castellanos in Cannes.

It follows on from remake deals on the movie already done with Italy and Mexico.

There has been continuing strong interest in Pagafantas as it was scripted by Cobeaga and Diego San José, who also wrote major Spanish box office hit Spanish Affair.

Pagafantas was the first feature directed by Cobeaga, who was also behind Oscar-nominated short film Éramos Pocos.
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Iff Panama: Potential B.O. Juggernaut ‘Spanish Affair 2’ Gears Up

The pieces are falling into place for the production of “Spanish Affair 2” (“Ocho Apellidos 2”), the sequel to the 2014 comedy which, distributed by Universal Pictures International in Spain, and opening March 14 last year, powered to an extraordinary €55.2 million ($59.6 million) in Spain, becoming the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time at hometurf wickets.

Doing so, it also underscored a business model which is revolutionizing the popularity of movies not only in Spain but in Latin America: the combination of a well-crafted film that touches a national nerve and has a huge marketing push from a big nationwide broadcaster, here TV network Mediaset España, which co-produced via powerful film arm Telecinco Cinema.

Other national film industries – in Argentina, for instance – have taken note. Backing from Televisa and Globo also explain, though only in part, the rise of local movies’ market shares in Mexico and Brazil respectively.

Underscoring the crowd-pleasing status of the original,
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‘Spanish Affair’ Sets Box Office Records in Spain

Madrid –Distributed by Universal Pictures Intl. Spain, Spanish romantic comedy “8 apellidos vascos” (Spanish Affair) has punched the best domestic opening of any film this year: grossing €2.83 million ($3.9 million) off 400 screens its first three days, per Rentrak.

“Affair’s’” first weekend is also the best for any Spanish film in nearly a year and a half, since Juan Antonio Bayona’s “The Impossible” made an extraordinary four-day opening of $13.1 million – on its way to a final $54.5 million trawl.

Vicente Canales’ Film Factory has acquired international rights to the comedy hit.

What’s particularly impressive about “Affair’s” bow is its timing. At least 23 movies bowed to €5 million plus in Spain over 2006-12.

That was then. Spain’s box office sagged terribly in 2013, as the consequences of crisis bit ever deeper into Spanish wallets, and has shown little recovery this year: Of high-profile titles, “300: Rise of an Empire” set the bar
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World Report: Spain (April 2009)

  • Spain: Local Film Scene The month of April brings us one of the more important events for Spanish cinema. From the 17th to the 25th, the best in local cinema will be presented at the Málaga Film Festival. Although being quite a young competition (this is just the fest's 5th edition), the Málaga Festival has positioned itself as a great platform for burgeoning new filmmakers. La vergüenza (2009)La Vergüenza
[/link] (Shyness) from David Planell and produced by Avalon, is the Festival's opening film. Planell’s debut in the full-length feature that comes with high expectations – some of the experts have already compared him to Daniel Sánchez Arévalo and his movie Azuloscurocasinegro (Darkbluealmostblack). In La Vergüenza, Pepe (Alberto San Juan) and Lucía (Natalia Mateo) explore the complexities of being a couple. One year after adopting their son Manu, both are exhausted and want to give the kid back. Nevertheless, they soon realize the
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