Calling Cannes its "best market in years," Spanish sales house Sogepaq announced a slew of deals, including local hits Mondays In The Sun and Mortadelo & Filemon - The Big Adventure.
Fernando Leon's award-winning Mondays was sold to Winchester Entertainment for the UK and Ireland. The film, Spain's official nomination to the latest foreign-language Oscar category, stars Javier Bardem in a tale of a group of out-of-work friends.
Mortadolo & Filemon, now Spain's second-biggest local box office hit of all time, closed sales to France and Belgium (Metropolitan Film Export), Italy (Mondo TV), Brazil (Alpha Filmes) and Singapore (Overseas Movie Distribution). The title had previously sold to a number of other European and Asian territories and Sogepaq said talks were underway with distributors in the UK, Scandinavia and Latin America.
"Europe was very active for us this Cannes," said Sogepaq deputy director of distribution Simon de Santiago. "Prices are still conservative but the markets are starting to wake up."
Other sales included: Cognac Film Festival top prize-winner Box 507 to France, Belgium and Switzerland (Sagittaire), Scandinavia (Nobel and Partners) and Italy (Mondo TV); Fernando Colomo's South From Granada to Italy (Mondo TV), Turkey (Chantier Film), Latin America pay TV (HBO) and Puerto Rico (Wiesner Distribution); and market debut title The Carpenter's Pencil to Italy (Mondo TV), Mexico (Quality Films) and Argentina-Chile-Uruguay-Paraguay (CDI Films).