Spain's Sogepaqhas picked up world rights on new feature South Express, screening this month in both Toronto andSan Sebastian.
The movie (SudExpress) weaves togethersix stories of ordinary people whose lives are touched by the fabled train linethat runs from Lisbon to Paris.
It was shot onDVacross three countries and in five languages by co-directors Chema dela Peña (2004 box office hit Isi-Disi) and debut feature director Gabriel Velazquez.
"Our originalidea was to make a documentary, but we were inspired by the beautiful locationsand fascinating people to invent stories about them," said the directors, whopreviously worked together on documentary Salamanca To Nowhere (De SalamancaA Ninguna Parte).
De la Pena andVelazquez self-produced the low-budget effort through their company ArtimanaProducciones, with co-production from Portugal's Fabrica de Imagens. Alta Filmshas distribution rights in Spain.
The film willpremiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto Film Festivaland go on to play in the official competition at the Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival as well as in festivals in Rio and London. It isthe second title Sogepaq has premiering in both Toronto and San Sebastian afterAlberto Rodriguez's coming-of-age drama 7 Virgins (7 Virgenes), picked up from producer Tesela Filmslast month.