North American rights to Spain's official entry for best Foreign Language Film for the 2011 Oscars, Icíar Bollaín's "Tambien La Lluvia" (Even the Rain) have been acquired by Vitagraph Films. An official selection of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Tosar and Carlos Aduviri, and boasts a screenplay by Paul Laverty ("Route Irish"), a frequent Ken Loach collaborator.
A film-within-a-film, "Tambien" chronicles some of Christopher Columbus' exploits with the indigenous people he encountered in the Americas, circa 1492. Ironically, the acquisition announcement was made live yesterday, on Columbus Day. Aduviri plays a local, cast as 15th century native in the revisionist film, who protests against his community's lack of water at the hands of the government, while not working on set. Bernal meanwhile stars as the idealist film director, pushing against all odds to get his movie made.
The deal was negotiated on Vitagraph's behalf by European agent, Guy Amon of the Paris-based Leisure and Multimedia Consulting.