Saura sets cast for ‘Bunuel’ tribute pic

Lensing begins in October for March delivery

SAN SEBASTIAN — Vet Spanish director Carlos Saura has unveiled key cast on his long-awaited “Bunuel & King Solomon’s Table,” a fiction film and part tribute to his friend and maestro Luis Bunuel.

Produced by Spanish shingles Rioja Films and CPI, France’s Les Films Sans Frontieres, Hora Magica in Portugal and Mexican powerhouse Altavista Films, “Bunuel” will begin lensing in October and be ready for delivery in March, Saura told a packed press conference at the San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival Wednesday.

Wyoming toplines

The $4 million pic, which is tipped for a major fest berth next year, will topline Spanish TV showman Gran Wyoming as an aged Bunuel in contempo Madrid, remembering a (fictional) episode from his youth when he sets off to the Spanish city of Toledo with painter Salvador Dali and poet Federico Garcia Lorca.

The three friends end up involved in a search for a table supposedly owned by King Solomon.

“I’m sure Bunuel would have liked to have become a fictional character. I can see him smiling, ” said Saura.

Young Bunuel will be played by newcomer Pere Arquillue, while Ernesto Alterio and Adria Collado will portray Dali and Lorca, respectively.

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