Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Entertainment has sold Icíar Bollaín’s San Sebastian festival-based Basque reunion drama “Maixabel” to Germany, in a deal with Berlin-based distributor Piffl Medien.
The film will be released in theaters on September 24 in Spain via Buena Vista Intel.
The world premiere of San Sebastian’s main competition this weekend, Bolan’s film – co-written by him with screenwriter Isa Sa Campor (“The Next Skin”) – features the widow of slain socialist leader Juan Maria Juregui in “Volver’s” Blanca Portillo. Forgive the ETA terrorist who killed her husband a decade ago.
The feature is based on the experience of Mixbel Lassar, the Basque country is moving towards peace and reconciliation after its recent past violence.
Co-starring Luis Tosar (“Revenge,” “Way Down”), the film was produced by top Basque production company Kowalski Films (“Coven”) and Philgood Films – co-produced by “We Are Pregnant” director Juana. Macias and his production partners, Juan Moreno and Guillermo Semper.
The Berlin-based Pifel Median has a history with Goa award-winning director Bolayan, distributing his San Sebastian hit “Yuli”, a biographical feature of Cuban Carlos Acosta, the first black lead dancer at the Royal Ballet in London.
Vincent Canales, managing director of Film Factory Entertainment, closed the deal for Olympia Pont Schaefer “Maxable”, the film’s sales agent and executive of Pifel Acquisitions.
“This is a big achievement for the film distributed by Piffl Medien in Germany. We’re sure they’ll do a great job as they did with ‘Yuli’. The company is an expert in independent art-house film and we know ‘Maxable’ is in good hands, ”Canales said.
Balyan – who won the direction and screenplay for Gayas for his art house CrowdPleasure “The Olive Tree” – said he wanted to explore the human value of “Maxable” violence “to those who suffered and those who caused it.”
He added: “We wanted to tell the story of our recent past with feeling, sincerity and deep respect in people’s hearts.”