Spanish producer Tesela has signed a theatrical distribution deal with local arthouse distributor Alta Films for the release of all of its feature films over the next three years.
First up will be The Suit (El Traje) Pictured), Alberto Rodriguez's Sevilla-set dramatic comedy which screened last month at San Sebastian and has been invited to Mexico's Guadalajara Film Festival, and November (Noviembre), director Achero Manas' follow-up to his multiple-award winning debut The Pellet (El Bola), currently in production.
The deal does not include product from Plural Entertainment, the Grupo Prisa production house which bought an 80% stake in Tesela last June. However, Plural president Jose Vicuna confirmed that Alta will handle the Spanish release of its Mexican co-production The Blue Room (La Habitacion Azul) from director Walter Doehner, premiering in Spain at this month's Valladolid International Film Week.
The deal was announced Friday in Madrid by Tesela chief Jose Antonio Felez, Alta CEO Enrique Gonzalez Macho and Plural's Vicuna and director Carlos Fernandez. Madrid-based Kevin Williams Associates handles international sales on all three of the new titles mentioned above.
Tesela is prepping three new features for 2003 shoots which will be encompassed in the Alta deal: Ninos, from Rewind director Nicolas Munoz; Who Killed Bambi (Quien Mato A Bambi - working title) from The Pilgrim Factor co-director Santiago Amodeo; and an as-yet untitled film from Argentinean director Adolfo Aristarain (Lugares Comunes).
Plural also announced it is preparing the film version of best-selling novelist Arturo Perez-Reverte's recently published narcotics trafficking epic, La Reina Del Sur, in co-production with Mexico's Televisa. Agustin Diaz-Yanes (No News From God) is writing the script but no director is yet attached to the project, which is planned for a 2003 shoot between Spain and Mexico.