Friday, February 16, 2007

Del Toro Effect??

One of the holy grails at this year's Berlinale was buyers' search, in the wake of "Pan's Labyrinth," for the next Guillermo del Toro.

It gave an unexpected leg-up to Spanish pic sales.

Spain's hottest sales ticket, Jose Antonio Bayonas' ghost tale "The Orphanage," sold Stateside to Picturehouse by Wild Bunch, was co-produced by Del Toro, who waxes lyrical in a brochure about its merits.

By market end, "Santos," a super-hero spoof from Chile's Nicolas Lopez, also was sparking considerable major territory interest.

Del Toro hasn't anything to do with "Santos," but, budgeted at $6.4 million, it's one of the most ambitious movies to come out of Latin America this year. And its mix of auteur vision and U.S. pop culture sensibility recalls Del Toro's style.
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