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Pick of the crop

Healthy harvest of pix and shows from vets, tyros on the horizon

BERNARD
BRB

A flawed, paunchy polar bear cheats at golf and pratfalls on a running machine. A hit toon filler at Mipcom Junior, and a sheer delight.

THE BIRTHDAY
Arcadia/Infinity

English-lingo ’80s horror schtick homage from tyro helmer Eugenio Mira. A Satanic monster pops up, but the real creepfest is Corey Feldman in a bravado teeth-grating nerd perf as an oily b.f. at a moldy hotel party.

CELIA’S LIVES
Oberon/Altavista

Antonio Chavarrias’ next, about a girl’s murder in a working class district. Expect another abrasive dissection of Catalonia’s underbelly.

CRUSADER
Drimtim

Bryan Goeres directs this $3.1 million made-for-TV actioner with Andrew McCarthy, Michael York and Bo Derek.

DALI CINEMA
TV3/The Gala-Salvador Dali

Foundation/Article Z
Best of this year’s slew of docs chronicling the master surrealist. Josep Rovira directed this Intl. Emmy-nommed look at Dali’s work in film.

DOUGIE IN DISGUISE
Neptuno

Little chappie Dougie travels to imaginary lands, thanks to his animated stickers . New toon series from “Connie the Cow” producers.

EXCUSES!
Arriska/Imposible

Thesp Joel Joan assumes the helming mantle with a theater-based comedy in which a baby’s arrival turns the lives of a group of thirtysomething guys inside out. A success d’estime in Catalonia.

FRAGILE
Castelao/Just

Poised for worldwide sales, Jaume Balaguero’s gothic horror-thriller is set in a creepy children’s hospital. Stars Calista Flockhart, Yasmine Murphy and Spanish stunner Elena Anaya.

HYPNOS
DeAPlaneta

Femme psychologist probes psychiatric hospital suicides. Or so it seems. A genre pic building into an artpic. Upbeat $1.7 million Spanish B.O.; burgeoning international sales.

IDIOT LOVE
Els Films de la Rambla/Grandalla

Vet Ventura Pons’ steamy tragicomedy has a depressed man falling for a strange woman. Tipped for Berlin.

IVAN Z
Estudios Piramide

The downfall of trailblazing Basque ’70s avant-garde filmmaker Ivan Zulueta to drug addiction, among multiple problems. Arthouse, film fest appeal for this document of wasted years, directed by Andres Duque.

JEAN LEON, MAITRE TO THE STARS
Bausan

Upscale 52-minute doc from Oscar-nommed producers of “Balseros.” The loves and adventures of Jean Leon, a penniless Spanish immigrant who struck it rich with hot Hollywood spot La Scala.

LOLA & VIRGINIA
Icon Animation

Twelve-year-old, plain-jane Lola from the wrong side of the tracks battles Virginia, the rich snot who has everything. Toon series for 7-11-year-olds, pre-sold to majors all over.

THE NUN
Castelao

Murdered merciless sister of mercy wreaks revenge on her ex-convent students. Distinctive Euro lensing, upscale production and memorable martyrdoms. Strong Filmax AFM sales.

PRINCESSES
Reposado/Mediapro

After besting Almodovar’s “Talk to Her” at the 2003 Goya Awards, Fernando Leon returns with this tale of friendship between Spanish and Puerto Rican prostitutes.

RED SEA
Diagonal/Continental/Multipark

Maribel Verdu (“Y tu mama tambien”) exhibits her talents as a peepshow artist on the run. Tough, titillating TV movie initiating exceptional international sales.

SCRUFF
D’Ocon/La Galera

Adventures of farm-dwelling mini-mutt Scruff. Bucolic preschool toon edutainment.

THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS
El Deseo/Mediapro

Hot off “My Life Without Me,” Isabel Coixet goes to Belfast with actors Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins, Julie Christie and Almodovar faves Javier Camara and Leonor Watling for this tale of life on a North Sea oil rig.

TEMPESTA
ABS/Kasander/Delux/Verdecchi/Uncommon

Venice-set art world crime suspenser from Brit helmer Paul Tickell with Scott Williams and Rutger Hauer. In post.

TOM
Cromosoma

Jolly orange dino travels the world in a traveling circus. Cuddly primary-school fare made with EBU backing, now breaking out into foreign sales.

THE UNCERTAIN GUEST
Rodar y Rodar

Polanski’s “The Tenant” reportedly meets Cronenberg’s “Spider” in debutante Guillem Morales’ Sitges competish player. A pic to track.

UNCONSCIOUS
Messidor/Tornasol/EMC/Madragoa/Classic

Toplining a finely calibrated Leonor Watling, a witty detective laffer set among Freud buffs in 1913 Barcelona from Spain’s sharpest social chronicler, Joaquin Oristrell. Major fest bound.

TIRANT LO BLANC
DeAPlaneta/Carolina/Future Films

Lubricious, $16 million medieval comedy romp helmed by Vicente Aranda. Shooting in January.

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