effort, Summer Rain (El Camino De Los Ingleses), which recently won the
Europa Cinemas Label prize for Best European film in Berlin.
Banderas' second film as a director after Crazy In Alabama (1999) has
already sold in 12 countries, including the UK and Ireland (Tartan), Mexico
(Latinofusion), Brazil (Visual Filmes), Korea (CNS), Taiwan (Cineplex) and
Turkey (Irfan), according to the Spanish distributor, Sogepaq.
The $9.6m production is a coming-of-age tale about a group of friends set in
the actor's home town of Málaga in the 1970s. It based on a novel by
Banderas' childhood friend Antonio Soler, who also wrote the screenplay.
The cast includes a host of newcomers - Alberto Amarilla, Maria Ruiz, Raul
Areval, Felix Gomez and Fran Perea - along with veteran actors Juan Diego
and Victoria Abril. Banderas co-starred with Abril in Pedro Almodovar's Tie
Me Up, Tie Me Down! (1990).
Sogepaq released the film last December in Spain, where it earned nearly Eu2m at the box office. As a Europa Cinemas winner, the film will be
shown across the Europa Cinemas network of 690 screens.