Barcelona-based Manga Films has snagged theatrical, video and DVD rights in Spain to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, and will give attendees at the local Sitges International Film Festival (Nov 27-Dec 7) a sneak preview of Volume 1 on Saturday.
It looks unlikely that Tarantino will attend the festival, which kicks off Thursday night with a screening of local filmmaker Pau Freixas' thriller Camara Oscura. Manga anticipates a wide release for the first volume of the much-anticipated Kill Bill in Spain on January 30.
It is a high-profile pick-up for Manga and the company's first from Miramax Films, which terminated its relationship in Spain with distributor Lauren Films last August. In October, Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) signed an exclusive multi-year deal to represent TV rights in Spain to Miramax's feature slate, including Kill Bill.
Manga is in the process of beefing up its distribution and production activities after securing a Euros 6m capital increase and an additional Euros 10m loan last month.
President Luis de Val told ScreenDaily.com at the time that he planned to "acquire bigger and more expensive films, but not necessarily more titles" than the 20-25 it picks up annually.