Notro's AFM pickups


MADRID -- Spanish distribution house Notro Films said Monday it has picked up Spanish rights to eight movies, including Julian Jarrold's "Becoming Jane," Sarah Polley's "Away from Her" and the final episode in the Japanese terror saga "One Missed Call: Final."

The hefty shopping bag, which Notro takes home following this year's American Film Market, shows the ambition for the Barcelona-based distributor, which presently has "Copying Beethoven" in Spanish theaters.

"It coincided that Notro is growing and that we found a lot of films at AFM that were in keeping with the very clearly defined line of films that Notro handles," said Notro acquisitions' chief Raquel Luque. "If we're growing, it's clear we need to add to our slate."

Other titles picked up include Bruce Beresford's "A Woman of No Importance," starring Pierce Brosnan, Annette Bening and Lindsay Lohan, Terry Gilliam's "Tideland," and the odd comedy "Special," in which Michael Rapaport plays a man who acquires new powers after taking medication.

Also from Japan, Notro bought Yoji Yamada's "Love and Honor" and Takeshi Furusawa "Ghost Train."