Vertice 360 unveils film slate


MADRID -- Spanish content provider Vertice 360 announced new features, including its first foray into English-language, as part of its 2008 production slate Thursday.

The announcement came as Vertice's film division chief said the group will ramp up its activities in the coming months, following its public listing this week on the Spanish stock exchange.

Plans include new offices for theatrical distribution in Mexico and Argentina, with the company buying rights beyond Spain and Portugal -- as it has done to date -- and the strengthening of a genre distribution/production label Amazing Films.

In production, Tomas Cimadevilla, Vertice general manager of Film and Theater productions, said the company looks to invest in young directors with the intention of fostering relationships.

"We strongly believe that the talent is the key and we're looking not only to attract it, but to maintain it," Cimadevilla said.

One example is the upcoming Vertice production "Jennifer Can," to be directed by Luis Berdejo after the director finishes shooting horror film "The New Daughter," starring Kevin Costner and Ivana Baquero. Vertice's distributor Notro has picked up Spanish rights to "Daughter."

Vertice will also produce Borja Cobeaga's feature debut "El Pagafantas" (literally translated to the One Who Pays for the Fanta). Cobeaga's short "Eramos Pocos" was nominated in 2007 for the Oscar for best live-action short.

Hot mainstream film director David Serrano will stay in house at Vertice -- which acquired his regular production company Telespan 2000 last year. Serrano, whose hits such as "The Other Side of the Bed" and "Football Days" pointed the way for a new brand of Spanish cinema, will direct a musical comedy co-production with Argentina "With or Without Love."

Indicating another new strain of production for Vertice, the group will produce "Possession," an English-language terror film directed by Jose Caro.

According to Cimadevilla, Vertice's terror-film distribution label Amazing will start producing films, most likely with "Possession."

"We're going to set a clear course for horror/terror films," Cimadevilla said. "We can't count on the national market and genre travels well."

The other films will be produced either through Vertice's Telespan 2000 or its Barcelona-based Notro Films, catering to a more art house, urban audience.