Zip signs co-production alliance with Dream 7


SITGES, Spain -- Following on the critical success of their first joint venture, "The Ungodly" at Sitges' International Film Festival of Catalonia, Barcelona-based Zip Films and Los Angeles' Dream 7 Entertainment signed a co-production alliance that sees the two put out up to four English-language films over the next two years.

Speaking on the day after the press screening of Thomas Dunn's thriller "The Ungodly," which was deemed a "jewel" by local media, Zip general manager Jordi Rediu said the two companies would continue their combined efforts.

"We share the same perspective on how to make films," Rediu said. "We're both looking to make English-language films with for a worldwide audience and our final objectives match."

The first two projects under the new agreement have been approved. The first is "Two," a drama based on an Isaac B. Singer story and the other is Dunn's second genre feature film.

Rediu also announced two upcoming projects for Zip within the Spanish market. Both see Zip nurture fresh talent that have worked successfully for it in the past. The first is Jo Sol's follow-up to the critically acclaimed "El Taxista Ful," called "Buddha at the Barricades." Sol received a special mention at the 2005 San Sebastian International Film Festival as a top new director. The second project is Ramon Termens' third feature "Negro, Buenos Aires." Termens' second film "Jovenes" was nominated as the best film from Catalonia in 2005 at the regional Butaca awards.