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Two Spanish Films To Find U.S. Screens

spanish.jpgAfter the trifecta that took movies by storm this year -- Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro -- Spanish filmmakers and their masterpieces are the hot ticket these days.

The Hollywood Reporter posted two new deals inked by Spanish distribution company Sogepaq. Strand Releasing has secured the US rights to DarkBlueAlmostBlack, and Here! Films is taking on The 2 Sides of the Bed through Regent Releasing.

"DarkBlue" is the debut feature from Daniel Sanchez-Arevalo, winning him the Best European Film in Venice and three trophies at Spain's Goya Awards. Pic is about two childhood friends and the obligations and uncertainties that follow them into adulthood.

The second-highest-grossing film in Spain in 2005, "2 Sides" is from Emilio Martínez Lázaro, and follows up The Other Side of the Bed. Three years have passed since the four friends of "Other Side" were wrapped up in affairs and "2 Sides" examines where they're headed next.

If 2006 was the Year of the Spanish Director, the industry seems happy to ride the coattails of that trend. Between these two flicks making headlines across the pond and the projects The Trifecta are working on, it's a trend that doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon.

Posted by on March 7, 2007 8:42 AM
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Just a clarification: Pedro Almodóvar is a Spanish director, while Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro are Mexican. So I'm not so sure that 2006 can be called the "Year of the Spanish Director".

Great directors, all of them. Well, at least Almodóvar and González Iñárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón (also Mexican), director of "Children of Men". But please, let's get our nationalities straight.

-- Posted by: Álvaro Mendoza at March 12, 2007 6:42 PM


If you don't mind, this is the only way i know i get in touch with you. Panoramanila Pictures will have a road tour in Singapore, Dubai, London and New York of their Indie Film titled - PLONING (

If you happen to be in this places, please do drop by and see the movie.

The synopsis is:
Ploning is the story of one woman's promise, her hope and love from the point of view of a young boy.

Present time. Having lived aboard an illegal Taiwanese fishing vessel for as long as he can remember, 30-plus year old Filipino Muo Sei (meaning "Moses", son taken out of the water), grew
up to be a man of brokenness, unpredictable temper and solitary
loneliness. Until one morning his boat docks into the shores of Cuyo, Palawan. His adoptive Taiwanese father risks being caught and summons him to find "Ploning" before the sun sets, in the hopes of dealing with his past and changing his ways. No one knows who or what "Ploning" is to Muo Sei and no one has ever dared to ask...And so his search begins...

Muo Sei tours the island, observes the people and place as an outsider, and finally revisits his memories, baring how much he has been part of Cuyo and the life of a woman named Ploning.

1980's. The past comes to life and 30-year old Ploning is revealed as the island's enigmatic belle who cared for 7-year old Digo - short for Rodrigo, Muo Sei's real name - as her own. She is a woman who the town knows as keeping true to the promise of
waiting for her beau, the young town hero who left for Manila more than a decade ago. This set her as both exemplary and rumor magnet. But one thing is common, everyone wants to
marry her off. And Digo discovers Ploning's plan to leave for Manila. Thus threatened by the sudden prospect of losing Ploning, Digo devices ways to keep her from leaving and gets her to make a promise.

Did Ploning choose closure with the man she has been waiting for half her life or the future of young boy whose life is not her own?

Old pains of rejection and unanswered questions are relived, as backdropped by an ironically beautiful milieu and a community of townspeople who are enamored and affected by the life and
love of Ploning.

In Digo's eyes, Ploning is likewise revealed as a dutiful daughter to patriarch Susing, a committed supporter to grieving Intang, an honorary sister to extended family Nieves and Toting a wise ally to simpleton Alma, a co-mother to half-paralyzed Juaning,
a dear friend to ailing nurse Celeste, an object of desire to young lad Siloy and a foe to Digo's older brother Veling.

In the end, a secret is revealed to Rodrigo that awakens him into a love he has forsaken and misunderstood. Thus the healing that comes from forgiveness springs forth into his hardened

Will Rodrigo finally choose to accept love or continue to walk in hate?

-- Posted by: Mike Abasolo at March 8, 2008 6:20 AM

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