'Vaivan' on deck for popular helmer, 'Jazz,' others to follow

Fernando Trueba, Spain’s most popular international director alongside Pedro Almodovar, is planning four film projects, three of which could roll this year.

Known for meticulous preparation, Trueba has helmed just four features in 12 years; the last, “The Girl of Your Dreams,” was a player in this year’s Berlin Competition.

Trueba has completed a screenplay for the Spanish-lingo “Son del Vaivan.” Co-written with Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez and Jesus Diaz, the comedy will be co-directed by Trueba and Garcia Sanchez. Cristina Huete will produce for Fernando Trueba’s company and Ana Huete (Christina’s sister) for her production banner, Olmo Films.

Described by Trueba as “Kafka in the Caribbean,” the film looks set to star Gabino Diego as a hapless Cuban frustrated by Cuban and American bureaucracy.

Shooting dates will depend on whether casting is completed in time for a skedded fall shoot of “The Maid of Buttermere,” a $16 million adaptation of the Melvyn Bragg novel produced by new banner Lolafilms U.K. and Alan Latham’s shingle, FDC/Downtown.

In September, Trueba will shoot “Latino Jazz,” turning on performances by the top Latino jazz artists. He has also advanced with screenwriter David Newman on a rewrite of the noirish 1947 RKO pic “They Won’t Believe Me,” another Lolafilms U.K. project.

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