One of Spain's leading independent exhibitor-distributors,Alta Films, has agreed to put Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education back up on eight screens nationwide after pullingthe film from 13 earlier this month over a programming dispute with itsdistributor Warner Bros.
Alta announced on April 1 it would pull all Warner filmsfrom its screens in response to the distributor's surprise programming ofBad Education at a newly-opened cineplexacross a Madrid street from one of Alta's theatres.
Warner was able to recoup the screens and the film, whichpremiered March 18, had taken in a strong Euros 4.38m as of April 11.
Alta chief Enrique Gonzalez Macho is understood to haverecanted after a lengthy meeting with Warner, citing hopes of mitigatingcollateral damage to Almodovar. Warner is not expected to pull the film fromthe Madrid cineplex, while Alta says it will not bring back the three otherWarner films affected by its April 1 move including Taking Lives,Something's Gotta Give and MysticRiver.
The move follows news this week that France's Gaumonthad bowed to boycott pressure from a Catholic group to remove trailers of BadEducation (La Mala Educacion) fromscreenings of Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ.