FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sony Pictures Spain, Atresmedia Cine, And Apache Films To Co-Produce "Oro"
Conquistador Epic will be Directed by Goya Award-Winner Agustín Díaz Yanes, based on a Story by Bestselling Author Arturo Pérez-Reverte;
Sony Pictures will distribute in Spain, Latin America, and the US
MADRID, ES & CULVER CITY, CA (DECEMBER 15, 2015) - Sony Pictures Spain today announced it will join Atresmedia Cine and Apache Films to co-produce Oro (aka Gold), a new film based on the short story from bestselling novelist Arturo Perez Reverte, and directed by Goya Award-winner Agustín Díaz Yanes. Additionally, the film will be distributed by Sony Pictures in Spain, Latin America and the US.
A period adventure inspired by the expedition of 16th century Spanish conquistadors Lope de Aguirre and Nuñez de Balboa, Oro follows their epic trek through the Amazonian jungle in the search of a mythical city rumored to be made completely of gold.
Commenting on the announcement, Sony Pictures Spain Managing Director, Ivan Losada, said "Given Reverte's thrilling story, Yanes' skill and vision as a filmmaker, and the combined experience and passion of Apache Films and Atresmedia, Oro is a great fit for Sony Espana."
Oro reunites Goya Award-winning director Yanes ("Alatriste") with best-selling author Reverte, whose work has been translated into more than 40 languages, and has sold more than 15 million copies. Yanes and Reverte last collaborated on the Goya Award-winning box office hit Alatriste, starring Viggo Mortensen.
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Apache Films is a film production company founded in 2003 by producer Enrique López Lavigne, veteran producer of hits like Intruders, The Impossible and 28 Weeks Later. Lavigne's filmography includes more than 30 titles, including A Los Que Aman by Isabel Coixet (1998), Los Años Barbaros (1999), Nadie Conoce A Nadie (1999), The Great Adventure of Mortadelo and Filemon (aka The Miracle of P. Tinto, 2003), Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998), Sex and Lucia (2001), and Caótica Ana (2005) by Julio Medem. Intacto (2000), 28 Weeks Later (2007), and Intruders (2011) by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Verbo of Eduardo Chapero Jackson (2010), Extraterrestrial (2012) and Open Windows (2014), with Nacho Vigalondo, Three Many Weddings by Javier Ruiz Caldera (2013), Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible (2012), and the upcoming A Monster Calls, with Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, to be released in 2016, as well as Kike Maíllo's upcoming Toro, starring Mario Casas, Luis Tosar and José Sacristán.
ATRESMEDIA CINE is part of Spanish media group Atresmedia, working in the television, radio and cinema industries. Atresmedia Cine has produced more than 90 films, including box office hits such as Torrente 4, Three Meters Above the Sky, Julia's Eyes, Let the Ugly Ones Die, The Body, I Want You, Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang. Its international productions include Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen) Intruders (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo), Red Lights (Rodrigo Cortes), Extraterrestrial (Nacho Vigalondo), Grand Piano (Eugenio Mira) and Mindscape (Jorge Dorado). Recent local successes include Off Course, by Nacho Garcia Velilla, which earned more than €10 million at the box office, It's now or never, by María Ripoll (€8 million box office) and Marshland by Alberto Rodriguez, an internationally acclaimed thriller, and the winner of ten Goya Awards in 2015, including best director, best film, best script and best actor, and was additionally nominated by the European Film Awards for the People's Choice Award in 2015. Atresmedia Cine's other 2015 releases include Venice Film Festival opener Retribution, by Dani de la Torre, and Palm Trees in the Snow, by Fernando Gonzalez Molina.
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