Sony Pictures Intl. will release Pablo Berger’s spirited black comedy “Abracadabra” in North America this fall, after the film found success in its home territory, Spain. The movie, produced by Arcadia Motion Pictures, has garnered upbeat reviews in Spain — “stunning, hypnotizing,” trumpeted ABC — and €1.5 million ($1.8 million) box office to date off an Aug. 4 bow.
The move underscores Hollywood studios’ ever more energetic involvement in the international independent industry: Once the majors limited their involvement in Spanish movies to their distribution in Spain.
A fast-paced comedy, with lashes of gothic noir horror, which is sold internationally by Films Distribution, “Abracadabra” takes a swing at sexism as it pictures a Spanish macho man becoming possessed by an evil spirit. It follows up on Berger’s sleeper black-and-white silent movie-style hit “Blancanieves.” “Berger’s prior films were well-received in the U.S., and the U.S. industry is very interested to see this new work,” said Sony Intl.’s EVP Laine Kline.
So far, the biggest Spanish-language hits in the U.S. have been scored by Mexican directors, led by Eugenio Derbez. But Hollywood is eager to test the waters with other movies.