Spanish helmer Carlos Saura (“Cria Cuervos,” “Carmen”) will direct the tentatively titled “El septimo dia” (The Seventh Day) for Spanish prodco Lolafilms.
Pic is budgeted at $3.5 million and based on a screenplay by writer and occasional film director Ray Loriga (“La pistola de mi hermano”), who contributed to the screenplay of Pedro Almodovar’s “Carne tremula” (Live Flesh).
The film marks Saura’s return to the theme of violence in backward Spain, an issue he explored in his landmark “La caza” (The Hunt, 1965), the keystone of Spain’s ’60s New Spanish Cinema movement.
Pic is based on a real-life event in a Spanish village in 1991 when members of one family slaughtered a dozen members of another in a family feud.
Per Lolafilms CEO Andres Vicente Gomez, pic will roll in the summer with 100% financing from Lola.
“Our idea is for Saura to re-team with some of the actors who have starred in his films, such as Antonio Gades,” Gomez says.