An article in The New York Times on the new Bauer Martinez Distribution company reveals that one of the films likely coming on its 2006 slate is Jaume (DARKNESS) Balagueró’s new chiller FRAGILE. According to the paper, the deal to acquire the movie for U.S. release is being finalized, but is apparently close enough to report. Bauer Martinez is headed by Philippe Martinez, a Britisher who has previously directed the Jean-Claude Van Damme action-thriller WAKE OF DEATH and produced a number of features, including the satirical serial-killer film GETTING IN (Doug Liman’s directorial debut) and the new DOT.KILL, about a murderer who broadcasts his crimes on the Internet, coming from First Look Home Entertainment November 8. He served six months in a French jail following a fraud conviction connected to an earlier international sales company a few years ago, but has bounced back to build up Bauer Martinez Distribution with a slate of films that also includes the upcoming Andrew Lau-helmed thriller THE FLOCK, starring Richard Gere.
The Spain-lensed FRAGILE is about a young nurse (Calista Flockhart, pictured) who arrives at a children’s hospital to help close it down after 100 years of service. She discovers that the remaining young patients are terrified of a presence they call “the mechanical girl” that begins manifesting in ever more frightening ways. Balagueró scripted the film with Jordi Galcerán, and it was lensed by his regular cinematographer, the gifted Xavi Giménez; the cast also includes VAN HELSING’s Richard Roxburgh and Elena Anaya. You can find out more at the website of production company Filmax International.