Alta Films has taken Spanish distribution rights to Bahman Ghobadi’s docu-fiction No One Knows About Persian Cats, which picked up a special prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Canne
The distributor bought the Spanish rights from French sales agent Wild Bunch at Cannes last week.
Persian Cats is a portrait of the underground music scene in contemporary Iran. It follows the attempts of two young musicians to form a rock group after being released from prison, despite being forbidden to play in their own country.
The film was co-written by Ghobadi’s girlfriend, Roxana Saberi, who was recently released from a Tehran prison having been sentenced to eight years on a charge of spying for the US government.
As reported on ScreenDaily, Alta has already picked up Cannes competition titles A Prophet,Map Of The Sounds of Tokyo, Fish Tank and Looking For Eric. The Spanish release date for Persian Cats has not yet been confirmed.