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Malaga-based sales house Agencia Freak has picked up worldwide festival distribution rights to two new Spanish documentaries, “An Elephant on a Spider Web” by Cuban director Rolando Díaz, and Marcos Cabotá’s “Sonic Fantasy,” on legendary music engineer Bruce Swedien.

Both acquisitions were unveiled at the eve of the 2021 edition of the Spanish Screenings-Málaga de Cine, which runs October 20-22, and where Agencia Freak-handled Emma Tusell doc “Video Blues” is being shown to international buyers.

Produced by Alejandra Mora at Valencia-based company Quatre Films (“Tehran Blues”),  “An Elephant on a Spider Web” follows a film director in his 70s who senses that sly death is approaching.

Since the helmer decides to make fun of life in what will be his last film, he will use a 109-year-old quixotic old woman, with a desire to die, and three young artists.

“Sonic Fantasy” revolves around five-time Grammy award winning sound engineer Bruce Swedien, who was for three decades Michael Jackson’s right-hand man. Together they created best-selling hits records such as “Thriller” and “Bad.”

Produced by Paula Serra at Palma de Mallorca’s Nova Producciones, “Sonic Fantasy” tells the beginning of that magical adventure.

Helmed by Marcos Cabotá, who co-directed Málaga’s 2011 Silver Biznaga audience award winning comedy “Amigos,” “Sonic Fantasy” receives its national premiere Oct. 28 at the Mallorca Evolution Film Festival 2021 edition.

Led by Millán Vázquez-Ortíz, Agencia Freak launched in 2000, aimed to connect films with festivals worldwide offering consultancy, counselling, strategy and festival distribution for film producers.

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Video BluesCourtesy of Agencia Freak
“Video Blues,” the winner of Málaga Festival’s Silver Biznaga Women On Stage for the Best Documentary in June, shows provocative and mysterious homemade images from the eighties as two voices -a woman and a man- argue about what the images mean about the past.

In the doc, produced by Estela Films, editor Emma Tusell reconstructs her family history through videos searching for meaning and identity.Two documentaries previously acquired by Agencia Freak, Aitor Merino’s “Fantasia” and Miguel Angel Llamas and Amaia Merino’s “Where Is Mikel?,” are starting their commercial careers in position for upcoming feature documentary Goya Awards.

After screening at Malaga and San Sebastian, “Fantasia” will be released in Spanish theaters on Nov. 12 by Vitrine Filmes.“Where Is Mikel?,” which already cumes a large international festivals career that takes in San Sebastian, Toulouse, Guadalajara and DocsMX, launches in selected French venues from October’s end, handled by Basque-language cultural institute Gastibeltza. Basque distributor Atera Films released the film in Spain earlier this year.

Source: Variety