Based in Barcelona Movie Factory Entertainment has acquired the international sales rights to the horror thriller “El Cuco” (“The Curse of the Cuckoo”), the latest film from “The Mauthausen Photographer” and “Two” producer-director Mar Targarona, set in within the house of Spanish genre authors Rodar and Rodar.

Vicente Canales’ Film Factory, one of the largest sales forces in the Spanish-speaking world, is bringing “The Curse of the Cuckoo” to international buyers with a first promo at the Cannes Film Market this week.

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Filming for “The Cuckoo’s Curse” has just wrapped in Barcelona and Germany’s Black Forest. “The Cuckoo’s Curse” is a Spanish-German co-production that associates Rodar y Rodar with Barry Films, a company based in Berlin, LA and Zurich headed by producers Benito and Wolfgang Mueller (“The Perfect Enemy”, “The Pitcher of alert”).

“The Cuckoo’s Curse” dominates Belén Cuesta (“Money Heist”, “The Endless Trench”), Rainer Reiners (“Blood Red Sky”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”), Jorge Suquet (“Elite”, “Libertad”) and Hildegard Schroedter (“Babylon Berlin”).

Written by Alfred Pérez-Fargas and Robert Danès (“La Unidad”, “The Photographer of Mauthausen”) tells a suspenseful story with touches of supernatural horror.

The film follows Sebas and Anna, a couple who are expecting a baby and who this year are going to take a different vacation. They decided to swap their house with Hans and Olga, an older German couple they met through a website.

At first, things seemed to be going smoothly. But the house swap slowly turns into a real nightmare for Sebas and Anna when they discover that Hans and Olga not only want to swap their house, but also their life.

Producer of two landmark titles in the Spanish genre auteur scene – JA Bayona’s ‘The Orphanage’ and Guillem Morales’ ‘Julia’s Eyes’ – via Rodar y Rodar, Targarona has built her own directing career on suspense thrillers. “The Cuckoo’s Curse” marks her fifth feature film as a director.

“The Photographer from Mauthausen” (2018), headlined by Mario Casas, garnered four Spanish Goya Award nominations. A takeover from Netflix, “Dos” became the fifth most-watched film in the streamer’s global ranking of non-English productions last December.

“At its core, ‘The Cuckoo’s Curse’ is an archetypal horror tale with witches and haunted houses in the heart of the Black Forest. But far from Gothic obscurantism, it is a luminous and aesthetic thriller. A terrifying look at everyday life and the passage of time, at how, beneath a patina of perfection, danger lurks,” said Targarona.

“We are happy to be associated once again with a project by Mar Targarona, one of the filmmakers with the greatest thriller cachet on the Spanish scene. We are confident that ‘The Cuckoo’s Curse’ will have a broad international career,” said Vicente Canales of Film Factory Entertainment.

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