SOURCE: Movie Avenue International Co.

October 13, 2007 20:10 ET

'El Hombre de Arena' Selection at Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival

Opener 'Operas Primas de Tuleda' and Centerpiece Tangier Spanish Film Festival

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 13, 2007) - In anticipation of the Spain release of the film 'El Hombre de Arena' (The Sandman), more events join the occasion. The Audience Award winner drama of the 9th International Film Festival by the Sea in the Netherlands, screens in South Florida as part of the 22nd Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival next Sunday, October 28, at 9:30 p.m. and Thursday, November 1 at 9:00 p.m., at the Regal Cypress Creek (6415 N. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale). 'El Hombre de Arena' also is the Opener and Official Selection of the 'Festival de Operas Primas de Tuleda' in Navarra, October 24 and centrepiece of the Tangier Spanish Film Festival in Morocco, November 3.

In addition to this tour by the festivals, the film will promote its message of love and caring for the vulnerable, in collaboration with the environmental organization Greenpeace. To support the Greenpeace mission, the lead actors María Valverde and Hugo Silva, will launch the 'No Whaling' campaign as preamble of the Madrid premier of November 7. The photographic collage at the end credits of the film is a tribute to Greenpeace.

'El Hombre de Arena' is an original script of director José Manuel González-Berbel, who inspired by the extinct 'Law for the Vagabonds and Delinquents', creates an unusual setting for a love story; a colony of reclusion during the repression of Spain, a period when the mental patients and suspicious criminals alike were secluded for living against the moral of the time. 'Arena' is the directorial debut for González, the promotions production director of Gestevision 5 for 17 years and winner of numerous awards in short and music videos. María Valverde (Lola) is a promising star, at age 20, she accounts 10 starring roles including 'La Flaqueza del Bolchevique', for which she won a Goya Award; 'Melissa P.', the second must seen Italian film after 'Life is Beautiful'; Los Borgia, a 2007 Montreal World Film Festival selection; 'Don Giovanni' by Antonio Saura and the 'The Mule' by Michael Radford. Hugo Silva (Mateo) is an idol thanks to the hit TV series 'Los Hombres de Paco' and 'Reinas' by Manuel Gómez Pereira. Samuel LeBihan (Frenchy), is a star in the 'Brotherhood of the Wolf' with Monica Belucci and Vincent Cassel; in 'Conan' from Bertrand Tavernier; in 'Red' by Krysztof Kieslowsl; in 'The Barbarian Years' by Fernando Trueba and in 'The Bridge of San Luis Rey' with Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. Alberto Jiménez (Burgos), is known by the award winning 'El Bola' and the 2005 Oscar winner 'Sea Inside' by Alejandro Aménabar. Cristina Pato, 'the Galician bag pipe diva', is the original soundtrack composer. Pato has been highly rated by the New York Times for her unique music fusion, amazing performances and recordings.

"This film may revive a dark period forgotten by many but the end is hearty and faithful... there is enough horror to watch in the news, worth going to the movies for a positive message," said Lydia Y. Segundo, producer and sales agent of Movie Avenue International, New York

Festival opens October 19. Tickets, events:

El Hombre de Arena, Iroko Films, Las Siete Sillas, Adivina Productions; 35mm Color Kodak; 102 min; 2:35 aspect ratio; Dolby Digital. Press book:

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