Spain's DeA Planeta has announced a string of high-profile pick-ups including Ingmar Bergman's Saraband and Tod Williams' Door In The Floor.
The company - the joint media venture of Spanish and Italian publishing giants Grupo Planeta and De Agostini - has taken all rights in Spain from Svensk Filmindustri to Bergman's much-anticipated return behind the camera, providing further confirmation - if needed - of the film's international theatrical prospects despite its TV movie origins.
A sequel to Bergman's classic 1973 drama Scenes From A Marriage reuniting Liv Ullman and Erland Josephson, Saraband is tipped for a slot at Cannes.
Under the direction of Adolfo Blanco, the distribution arm of DeA Planeta also closed a deal with Focus International for Door In The Floor, the adaptation of John Irving's novel A Widow For One Year starring Kim Basinger and Jeff Bridges, following the AFM.
Other recent pick-ups continue in the genre line DeA Planeta has forged with titles such as the Pang brothers' The Eye, which it opens this Friday in Spain on 70 prints. They include: Takashi Shimizu's sequel to Japanese hit shocker The Grudge (Juon), the English-language remake of The Grudge planned by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures also under Shimizu, and from Lion's Gate the horror flic House Of 1,000 Corpses.
With distribution deals in place in Spain with both UIP and arthouse distributor-exhibitor Sherlock Films, Blanco said recently he aimed to up acquisitions for DeA Planeta to about 25 titles per year.
Recent release The Pianist has taken in more than $7m locally and remains in the top 20 after 14 weeks. DeA Planeta's next opener after The Eye is Pierce Brosnan-starrer Evelyn on April 4.