Matchbox takes on ‘Isaac’ for UK and Australia – The Hollywood Reporter
UK-based sales company Alief has amassed a series of international territory offers for Isaac, a romantic drama by directors Ángeles Hernández and David Matamoros, about two childhood friends who reconnect as adults.
Hernández and Matamoros were both producers of Netflix’s Spanish horror hit The platform. Isaac is their first director. London-based Matchbox Films acquired the rights in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand for the Isaac, which stars Iván Sánchez (Amazon Little coincidences) and Pepe Ocio (Netflix series High sea), like Denis and Nacho, two close childhood friends who reconnect 16 years after leaving high school. They’re both in a relationship with women — played by Erika Bleda (HBO’s The Veneno) and Maria Ribera (Netflix Loco Por Ella) – but feel attracted to each other. Things get even more complicated when Denis, who needs money for a business venture, doesn’t hesitate to ask Nacho for a loan.
Hernández and Matamoros also produced Isaac via their Mr. Miyagi Films based in Barcelona shingle. They co-wrote the screenplay with Antonio Hernández Centeno, based on his play, El día que nació Isaac.
“At Matchbox, we are delighted to have acquired the Spanish drama Isaac and to continue our close partnership with Brett and Miguel d’Alief,” Matchbox Managing Director Murray Dibbs said in a statement. “It’s a beautifully shot movie with a great story that explores the different paths chosen in life and has great performances from the two main actors, Ivan Sanchez and Pepe Ocio. “
Matchbox is planning a limited theatrical / premium VOD release in May, followed by home entertainment and transactional arcs across all platforms in June, scheduled for Pride Month in the UK and Ireland.
Ahead of the European Film Market, Alief reached a US agreement to Isaac with Breaking Glass Pictures, which plan to present the film in the United States this summer. The online version only, 2021 European Film Market until Friday March 5.