US studio Sony has taken Spanish distribution rights to Agallas from Spanish sales outfit Latido Films.

The drug crime drama is directed by Samuel Martin and Andres Luque, senior figures at Spanish broadcaster TVE, which is backing the project. Local production outfits Continental Producciones and Zebra Producciones are co-producing the film, which is set in Galicia and stars Hugo Silva.

Latido Films has also confirmed to ScreenDaily further new sales on other key titles. Sex, Party & Lies has gone to Turkey (A Plus Films) and Bulgaria (Vadi Van Kris); Paper Castles has been picked up in Taiwan (Swallow Wings) and Korea (Activers Entertainment); Bejart, The Show Must Go On has gone to Russia (Intercinema) and Japan (Cetera Films); and Ander sold to France (Bodega Films), Belgium (ABC) and Holland (Cinemien).

Meanwhile, Spanish production outfit La Zona has revealed details of three new projects. The first, 23-F, about a failed military coup in Spain in 1981 is based on a script by Joaquin Andujar and will be directed by Marcelo Pineyro.

Backing for the $7m project is coming from TVE, Canal Plus and private equity investors. Shooting is due to start in Spain in January of next year.

The other projects, Estas Ahi? and Una Hora Mas En Canarias, are comedies. The former will have Roberto Santiago at the helm and the latter will be directed by David Serrano.

Finally, Swiss-German outfit Ascot Elite Entertainment has taken the remake rights to football drama The Longest Penalty In The World from Spanish production company Tornasol Films.

“We plan to make the new film in the German language with leading Swiss film maker Mike Eschmann on directing duties,” Ralph Dietrich, CEO of Ascot saidin conversation with ScreenDaily. Shooting will take place in Switzerland in October.

The Longest Penalty tells the story of a lower league football team trying to gain promotion to the second division.