Film Factory managing sales for Jaime Rosales’ Petra

One of the most interesting titles screening in the Directors’ Fortnight is being sold abroad by the Barcelona-based sales agent, which is also touting the Un Certain Regard participant The Angel.

“It’s a work of magnificent cruelty, performed flawlessly by incredible actors such as Bárbara LennieÁlex Brendemühl and Marisa Paredes”: this is how Edouard Waintrop(read the interview), artistic director of the Directors’ Fortnight, described Petra [+], the film by Spaniard Jaime Rosales which will be premiered this Thursday, 10 May, in Cannes. The movie is being handled by sales agent Film Factory, whose Film Market catalogue also harbours another powerful title: The Angel, screening in the Un Certain Regard section. This co-production between Spain (via El Deseo, owned by the Almodóvar brothers) and Argentina was directed by Luis Ortega, and stars Lorenzo FerroMercedes Morán and Chino Darín.

Over the next few days, Film Factory will be organising market screenings of the aforementioned Petra and The Angel, in addition to Animal (another Spanish-Argentinian co-production), helmed by Armando Bo and starring Guillermo Francella (The Clan [+]); Dry Martina (Chile/Argentina) by Che Sandoval, which was selected at Tribeca; Hopelessly Devout [+], a comedy that premiered at the most recent Málaga Film Festival, and which is the feature debut by Marta Díaz; the Chilean-Argentinian drama Marilyn, directed by Martín Rodríguez Redondo; and Los futbolísimos by Miguel Ángel Lamata (Nuestros amantes [+]), a family film set against a sports backdrop.

At the French gathering, the Catalonian agency will also be presenting the project Twin Murders, the new thriller by Daniel Calparsoro (The Warning [+]), toplined by Belén Ruedaand Manolo Solo, and based on the literary saga by Eva García Sáenz de Urturi; a promo reel for Crime Wave by Gracia Querejeta, which is now in post-production and features performances by the trio of stars Maribel Verdú, Luis Tosar and Javier Cámara (see the news); another one for Tremors by Jayro Bustamante (Ixcanul Volcano [+]), a drama about religious intolerance and homophobia in the family, produced by Guatemala, France and Luxembourg, which is also at the post-production stage; Quien te cantará (see the news), the brand-new gem of a film by Carlos Vermut (Magical Girl [+]), produced by Spain’s Apache FilmsDolores (Argentina/Mexico), helmed by Gonzalo Tobal; and the animated flick Black Is Beltza, a Spanish movie directed by Fermín Muguruza that features the voices of Unax Ugalde, Sergi López and Emma Suárez, among other thesps.

Originally published at Cineuropa.com by Alfonso Rivera.