CINE ESPANA

The following is a selection of upcoming Spanish features in various stages of production. They are listed in alphabetical order by title.

“Alma gitana” (Gypsy Soul). Prod: Samarkanda. Dir: Chus Gutierrez. Cast: Amara Carmona, Pedro Alonso, Peret y Loles Leon. Romantic drama. In modern Madrid, a boy falls for a gypsy girl. Ready.

“Amores que matan” Prod: Central de Prods. Audio-visuales (CPA). Dir: Juan Manuel Chumilla. Cast: Carmen Maura, Juanjo Puigcorbe, Jean-Pierre Cassel. Black romantic comedy. In post-production.

“Antartida” (Antartica). Prod: Sogetel, Iberoamericana, Canal Plus Espana. Dir: Manuel Huerga. Cast: Ariadna Gil, Carlos Fuentes, John Cale. Romantic thriller. Screened at Venice fest.

“Un asunto privado” (A Private Affair). Prod: Cartel. Dir: Imanol Arias. Cast: Jorge Perrugoria, Pastora Vega, Imanol Arias. Romantic thriller. Ready.

“Boca a boca” (Mouth to Mouth). Prod: Sogetel, Boca a Boca Prods., Starline Prod. Dir: Manuel Gomez Pereira. Cast: Javier Bardem, Aitana Sanchez Gijon. Screwball comedy about a sex-line operator who falls for a client’s wife. Bows October.

“Brujas” Prod: Atrium. Dir: Alvaro Fernandez Armero. Cast: Penelope Cruz, Ana Alvarez, Carmen Elias. Drama in which three women meet by chance. Lensing.

“Cachito” Prod: Origen. Dir: Enrique Urbizu. Cast: Jorge Perugorria, Sara Mora, Amara Carmona. Road movie based on Arturo Perez Reverte’s novel, “Un asunto de honor” (A Question of Honor). In post.

“Una casa en las afueras” (A House on the Outskirts). Prod: Pedro Costa, Atrium Prods. Dir: Pedro Costa. Cast: Juan Echanove, Emma Suarez, Lydia Bosch. Crime drama about a killer in love with his victim. Opened Sept. 15.

“La celestina” Prod: Sogetel, Lola Films, Canal Plus Espana. Dir: Gerardo Vera. Cast: Penelope Cruz, Terele Pavez. Jordi Molla, Juan Diego Botto. Drama based on a classic Spanish renaissance novel of love, lust and murder. In pre-production.

“El dia de la bestia” (The Day of the Beast). Prod: Sogetel, Iberoamericana, Canal Plus Espana (Spain)/MG (Italy). Dir: Alex de la Iglesia. Cast: Santiago Segura, Alex Angulo, Armando da Razza. Satanic comedy. A priest attempts to thwart the Antichrist’s birth in modern Madrid. Screened at Venice fest; opens October.

“Dile a Laura que la quiero” (Tell Laura I Love Her). Prod: Cartel, Aleph Prods. Dir: Jose Miguel Juarez. Cast: Jorge Peruggoria, Ana Alvarez. Sentimental comedy about a man trying to reconquer his wife. Opened Aug. 25.

“La duquesa roja” Prod: Sogetel, Lola Films. Dir: Francesc Betriu. Cast: Rosa Maria Sarda, Rossy de Palma, Javier Gurruchaga, Gabino Diego. A duchess fights off land developers and her daughter. In pre-production.

“El efecto mariposa” (The Butterfly Effect). Prod: Fernando Colomo (Spain )/Mainstream (France)/Kestrel 2 (U.K.). Dir: Fernando Colomo. Sentimental comedy about a Spanish student in London. Cast: Maria Barranco, Coque Malla, Rosa Maria Sarda. In post.

“Extasis” (Ecstasy). Prod: Tornasol Films. Dir: Mariano Barroso. Cast: Javier Bardem, Federico Luppi, Silvia Munt, Daniel Guzman. Drama in which three friends aim to make it big in the city. Lensing.

“Hermans, pero que has hecho?” Prod: Pedro Maso, Aurum. Dir: Pedro Maso. Cast: Lina Morgan, Margarita Garcia Ortega, Paca Gabaldon. Comedy about two nuns who pull a bank robbery. Opened Aug. 18.

“La flor de mi secreto” (The Flower of My Secret). Prod: El Deseo (Spain)/CiBy 2000 (France). Dir: Pedro Almodovar. Cast: Marisa Paredes, Imanol Arias, Juan Echanove. A romantic bestseller writer attempts to rekindle her own love life. Preemed Sept. 18 at San Sebastian fest.

“Gimlet” Dir: Jose Luis Acosta. Cast: Angela Molina, Abel Folk, Viggo Mortensen. Thriller; preemed at San Sebastian fest.

“Gran Slalom” Prod: Pedro Maso. Dir: Jaime Chavarri. Cast: Juanjo Puigcorbe, Laura del Sol. Situation comedy set at a ski resort. Ready.

“Guantanamera” Prod: Tornasol Films, Alta Films, Prime Films (Spain)/ICAIC (Cuba)/Road Movies Dritte Prod. (Germany). Dir: Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabio. Cast: Jorge Perugorria, Mirtha Ibarra, Carlos Cruz, Raul Eguren. A comic road movie crossing present-day Cuba. In Venice fest.

“The Killer Tongue” Prod: Sogetel, Lola Films, The Killer Tongue Company (U.K.), British Screen. Dir: Alberto Schiamma. Cast: Robert Englund, Bruce Campbell. Lensing.

“La ley de la frontera” (The Law of the Frontier). Prod: Central de Prods. Audio-visuales (CPA) (Spain)/Shazam (Argentina). Dir: Adolfo Aristarain. Cast: Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Federico Luppi, Pere Ponce, Achero Manas. Adventure comedy of two friends becoming bandits in ’20s Spain. Preemed Aug. 22.

“Libertarias” Prod: Sogetel, Iberoamericana, Canal Plus Espana. Dir: Vicente Aranda. Cast: Victoria Abril, Ana Belen, Ariadna Gil, Miguel Bose. Drama about women anarchists fighting Franco. Lensing.

“Malena es un nombre de tango” (Malena Is a Tango Name). Prod: Tornasol Films. Dir: Gerardo Herrero. Cast: Ariadna Gil. Drama based on the novel of same title by Almudena Grandes. In preproduction.

“Matias, juez de linea” Prod: Sogetel, Lola Films, Canal Plus Espana. Dir: La Cuadrilla. Cast: Alex Angulo, Carlos de Gabriel, Alicia Sanchez. A soccer referee escapes to a smugglers’ village.

“Menos que cero” (Less than Zero). Prod: Ikusmen. Dir: Ernesto Telleria. Romance/crime thriller set in Basque Country.

“Muere mi vida” (Die My Life). Prod: Rodar & Rodar. Dir: Mar Targarona. Cast: George Corraface, Loles Leon, Isabel Mestres. Black comedy about four women who plan to kill a modern-day Don Juan. Ready.

“Nadie hablara de nosotras cuando hayamos muertos” (Nobody Will Talk About Us When We’re Dead). Prod: Cartel, Flamenco Films, Xaloc. Dir: Agustin Diaz Yanes. Cast: Victoria Abril, Federico Luppi, Pilar Bardem. The story of one woman’s redemption. Preemed in competition at San Sebastian fest.

“Palace” Prod: Sogetel, Lola Films, Canal Plus Espana. Dir: El Tricicle. Cast: El Tricicle, Jean Rochefort. Silent comedy set at a hotel. Ready.

“El palomo cojo” Prod: Lotus Films. Dir: Jaime de Arminan. Cast: Carmen Maura, Maria Barranco, Paco Rabal. Drama about the life of an extravagant – if elegant – Andalusian family. Preemed in comp at San Sebastian fest.

“El perro del hortelano” (The Dog in the Manger). Prod: Lola Films, Atrium, Cartel. Dir: Pilar Miro. Cast: Carmelo Gomez, Emma Suarez. Romantic comedy based on Lope de Vega’s play of the same name. In post.

“Pasajes” Prod: El Deseo. Dir: Daniel Calparsoro. Cast: Najwa Mimri. Love story. Second feature by director of “Jump Into the Void.” In preproduction.

“Robert Inland’s Last Journey” Prod: Elias Querejeta (Spain)/Buxton Films (U.K.). Dir: Gracia Querejeta. Cast: William Franklin, Gary Piquer, Ben Cross. A former university teacher returns to Oxford to confront his past. Lensing.

“Taxi” Prod: Film Art. Dir: Carlos Saura. In pre-prod.

“Tengo una casa” Prod: El Deseo. Dir: Monica Laguna. Cast: Silke, Nancho Novo, Pedro Alonso, Ernesto Alterio. In post.

“Things I Never Told You.” Prod: Eddie Saeta, Garbo Films. Dir: Isabel Coixet. Cast: Andrew McCarthy, Lili Taylor, Alexis Arquette, Seymour Cassel. Drama. Ready.

“Tierra” (Earth). Prod: Sogetel, Iberoamericana, Canal Plus Espana. Dir: Julio Medem. Cast: Carmelo Gomez, Emma Suarez, Silke, Nancho Novo. Psychodrama about a man torn between two women, the ethereal Angela and the earthy Mari. In post.

“Todo esta oscuro” Prod: Igeldo Komunikazioa, MGN Filmes. Dir: Ana Diez. Cast: A girl investigates her brother’s disappearance in Columbia. In pre-production.

“Tranvia la Malvarosa” Prod: Sogetel, Lola Films, Canal Plus Espana. Dir: Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez. Drama. Coming of age under Franco, based on the bestseller by Manuel Vincent.

“Two Much” Prod: Sogetel, Lola Films, Canal Plus Espana, Fernando Trueba (Spain)/Interscope (U.S.). Dir: Fernando Trueba. Cast: Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Danny Aiello. Miami-set English-lingo comedy. An art gallery owner invents an identical twin to seduce his fiancee’s sister. Preems December.

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