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4th Apr 2022 - By Ed Meza (Variety)

Spanish Remakes Scoring Big Globally

Spanish distributors, who have enjoyed a strong track record selling remake rights to local pics, have received a major boost this year with the Malaga Festival Industry Zone’s (MAFIZ) inaugural Remake Day event on Thursday.

Leading film sales companies, among them Cinema Republic, Latido Films, Filmax and Feel Content, presented showcases of films considered particularly adaptable to foreign markets. Not surprisingly, comedies and genre pics made up most of the selections.

Iván Díaz, head of international at Filmax, said the company has had recent success with Jaume Balagueró’s 2011 horror pic “Sleep Tight,” which was remade in South Korea by Kwon Lee as “Door Lock,” becoming a major hit in the country when it was released in 2018. In 2021, Orkenbek Baysenbay directed a Chinese version, “Men suo,” known internationally as “The Door Lock.”

Filmax initially focused on remake rights to genre films but has since significantly diversified its slate, Díaz said. “So we have a lot of experience now with remakes.”

Díaz added that Filmax’s strongest IP at the moment was probably “Sentimental” (“The People Upstairs”), Cesc Gay’s award-winning comedy about two couples exploring the complexities of modern day relationships, remake rights of which have already sold widely in Europe and North America. Italy’s Lotus Production shot an Italian version, “Vicini di casa,” last year.

Filmax has also had huge international success with its hit TV series “The Red Band Society.”


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Spanish Remakes Scoring Big Globally

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