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You are in: Home > 2015. 63rd Edition  > Festival Diary > San Sebastian Sees Biz Traction
San Sebastian Sees Biz Traction
Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Following up pre-TIFF deals to the U.K. (Metrodome) and Spain (Festival Films) and a Magnolia Pictures U.S. pick-up at Toronto, Fortissimo Films has clinched further sales at San Sebastian on Terence Davies’ pre-World War I Scotland-set Sunset Song.

Russian Report has closed Russia/CIS, Denk Cinema Turkey, One From the Heart Greece and Continental Film former- Yugoslavia.

Sunset Song’s latest distrib pacts added zest to goodto- steady business at San Sebastian, In other key deals and announcements at the highest-profile fest in the Spanishspeaking world, Films Boutique revealed it had sold some of the last remaining territories on Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent, a San Sebastian Horizontes Latinos contender, and continued to roll out Sergio Machado’s Locarno closer The Violin Teacher.

Karma Film closed Spanish rights on Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, a chronicle of McQueen’s attempt to take control of his career by making the definitive racing film.

Meanwhile, by Friday afternoon Macarena Lopez was fielding a bevy of offers for Films in Progress hit Rara, in what looked like a mini bidding war.

Starring model-turned-actress Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans) as a farm- ass torn between her obligation to the family farm and love of books, Sunset Song ranked No. 2 on El Diario Vasco’s Spanish critics’ poll of San Sebastian competition contenders, only bested by Cesc Gay’s Truman. San Sebastian’s prize ceremony takes place Saturday night.

Fortissimo’s San Sebastian slate runs a broad gamut, taking in Spaniard Paula Ortiz’s The Bride, a big-screen transplant of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Andalusia-set stage play, Blood Wedding, to the white desert of Turkey’s Capadocia; and two titles in San Sebastian Culinary Zinema: Mirai Konishi’s Kampai! For the Love of Sake and Willemiek Kluijfhout’s Sergio Herman, Fucking Perfect.

“We are thrilled to present such a varied line-up of titles at San Sebastian,” said Fortissimo Films’ Nelleke Driessen. That variety, indeed, characterized the festival 2015 line-up and deals and negotiations as a whole. San Sebastian biz – deals and dealing – was solid-to- trong and noticeable for being across a broad board.

JOHN HOPEWELL/ EMILIANO DE PABLOS/ EMILIO MAYORGA

 
Sunset Song.
Sunset Song.

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