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BARCELONA – Paris-based production house La Fabrica Nocturna, a co-producer on Marcelo Martinessi’s Berlin prize winner “The Heiresses,” has boarded Spaniard Chema García Ibarra’s awaited feature debut “Sacred Spirit,” Variety learnt during the closing events at top Spanish development program The Incubator, run by the Madrid ECAM Madrid Film School.
Produced by San Sebastian’s Apellániz y de Sosa and Alicante’s Jaibo Films, “Sacred Spirit” moves between local detail and dystopic surrealism, in which half of Spain sets out in search of a missing girl while a Spanish Ufology association— UFO-Levante— prepares for a night of sightings. The fate of humanity depends on one of its members: the morbidly obese José Manuel, who hides a secret.
Variety - Talent - Chema - García - Ibarra
Chosen by Variety as a Spanish talent to track, Chema García Ibarra’s shorts – “The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5,” “Protoparticles,” “Mystery” – have been screened and awarded at festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Rotterdam, Bafici, and Tallinn, among others.
“We have been following Chema’s short films for years and we are delighted to be the French co-producer of his first feature film. ‘Sacred Spirit’ dovetails perfectly with La Fabrica Nocturna’s cinema which has as a strong auteur-driven, international editorial: We strongly believe in the film’s potential to reach a wide audience,” Marina Perales told Variety.
Spirit - Greece - Oxbelly - Screenwriter - Lab
“Sacred Spirit” has also recently participated at Greece’s Oxbelly Screenwriter’s Lab, founded by Faliro House Productions.
The project has secured Spanish distribution via La Aventura Audiovisual, the distributors of Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper.”
News - Co-production - ECAM - Incubator - Partnership
News of the co-production comes as the ECAM’s Incubator has just closed partnership agreements with San Sebastian International Film Festival and Paris networking event Small is Biútiful. These add to other deals with TorinoFilmLab, Rotterdam Lab (IFFR), and EAVE, the Europe-Latin America film development and networking workshop backed by the E.U. Media program.
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