Spanish distributor Wanda Vision has picked up local theatrical distribution rights on two Cannes titles: Un Certain Regard entry Where Is Madame Catherine' (Les Mans Buides) and Directors' Fortnight screener The Hours Of The Day (Las Horas Del Dia).
Wanda head of distribution Miguel Morales said the deals were closed just prior to the festival's start. "These two magnificent auteur films are not big commercial titles. They are more difficult films but have a public and will work at their level."
Both films are likely to go out on a 20-30 print release next autumn, he said, with dates depending on other potential festival slots. March Recha's small-town dramatic comedy Madame Catherine marks his follow-up to 2001 Cannes competitor Pau And His Brother. Madame Catherine is handled internationally by Film Distribution and in Hispanic territories by producer Eddie Saeta
Director-producer Jaime Rosales makes his feature debut with Hours, the tale of a regular guy drawn to commit random murders. The film was recently picked up for international sales by Bavaria Film International
The films join arthouse specialist Wanda's summer-autumn slate of releases including Pablo Trapero's El Bonaerense, Sylvia's Gift (El Regalo De Silvia), Wanda co-production Perfect Wrong Love (Perfecto Amor Equivocado), The Blue Planet, Goodbye Lenin! and La Fleur Du Mal, to which Wanda also has Portuguese rights.