TLA Releasingacquired Alberto Rodriguez's Seville-set teen drama, 7 Virgins from Sogepaq at the Berlin Film Festival for itsBritish label and has further added to its Spanish slate by buying Chus Gutierrez' comedy ElCalentito for its American
The film set inFebruary 1981, at a time of political and social upheaval that led to a failedmilitary coup that ultimately secured Spanish democracy, provides the backdropfor the story of a young girl who runs away from home and joins a rock band.
Thefilm received a Special Jury Prize and Best Score Award at the Toulouse Cinespaña, and earned a Best Film nomination and a Best NewActor award at the Málaga Spanish Film Festival. 7Virgins was another festival winner the film, picked up a best actor awardat last year's Donostia-San Sebastian InternationalFilm Festival for youngster Juan Jose Ballesta - whowas key to 7 Virgins' appeal foryounger audiences not usually drawn to Spanish cinema.
Representing TLAReleasing in the negotiations for El Calentito was Director of Acquisitions Richard A.Wolff, and representing Sogepaq was DirectorforProduction and International Simon de Santiago. "This is a fun movie,pure and simple," Wolff said. "It hasgreat music and terrific new talent.This is a film that people are going to sit back and enjoy - unless theystart dancing to it!" TLA Releasing will release El Calentito late in 2006.