Producer: Estudios Picasso/Origen/Universal Studios Networks Espana
A $28 million adventure pic with Viggo Mortensen playing 16th-century mercenary Alatriste. Potential home turf tentpole, initiating major territory sales abroad.
Ants in the Mouth
A plush, dark, revisionist film noir, set in 1958 Cuba. Upscale market sales likely.
The Art of Losing
Unseemly above-par noir from Colombian auteur Sergio Cabrera (“Ilona Arrives With the Rain”). Working on useful pre-sales.
Azur and Asmar
Producer: NordOuest/Intuition/Zahori/Lucky Red
Tale of two separated foster brothers. From Michel Ocelot (“Kirikou and the Sorceress”); much-awaited Euro toon pic.
Sales: Wild Bunch
The Birth of a Passion — The Origins of Football
Docu covering soccer’s early development.
English-lingo ’80s horror shtick homage from tyro Eugenio Mira. It has been trimmed by 20 minutes from its Berlin debut. Corey Feldman turns in a bravura teeth-grating nerd perf.
Woman terrorized by her own ghost. Chiller debut of Nacho Cerda. Selling very nicely.
Producer: Telespan/Estudios Picasso
Glam rock crowd-pleaser. A standout at April’s Malaga Spanish Film Festival.
Rusting cargo ship thriller. Intriguing move into upscale genre waters from Ken Loach’s regular scribe Paul Laverty. With Peter Mullan, Daniel Bruehl. Brit docu-maker Clive Gordon helms.
Sales: Wild Bunch
Antonio Chavarrias’ next pic, this one about a girl’s murder in a working-class neighborhood. Expect another acerbic dissection of Catalonia’s underbelly.
F/x-laden sci-fi thriller from Isidro Ortiz (“Fausto 5.0”), with Goya Toledo (“Amores perros”).
Gameshow winner goes through hell. Look for a fast-paced pic, with quick-fire cuts; this is the debut from shorts maestro Rodrigo Cortes.
Dogma: The Other View
Docu account of Dogma movement.
Jowly ’80s rockers regroup. Likely cockle-warming popcorn hit.
Producer: Wanda/BD Cine
After Berlin Silver Bear double winner “The Lost Embrace,” Daniels Burman and Hendler reteam for Freudian family comedy. Strong arthouse contender.
The Feast of the Goat
Luis Llosa’s English-lingo take on Mario Vargas Llosa’s definitive novel about the horrors of Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship. Stars Isabella Rossellini.
Department store laffer marking Alex de la Iglesia’s return to hallmark black comedy and Hitchcock pastiche for good home B.O. and steady sales.
Post-“Darkness,” chillmaster Jaume Balaguero returns with a hospital ghoul tale, toplining Calista Flockhart. A low-lying fruit for significant Cannes pickings.
Fragil, True Love Is a Fairy Tale
Producer: Fragil Zinema/Gasteiko Zinema
Snarky fairy tale from maverick Juanma Bajo Ulloa follows strapping
Basque Heidi melting before a Hollywood star.
The Gaze of Violet
Producer: Mundo Ficcion/Violeta
Thirtysomething woman’s dalliance with sexual freedom.
Sales: El Dorado
The Great Match
Producer: Wanda Films
Mongol nomads, Tuareg camel riders, Greenland Eskimos and Amazon
Indians all want to see the 2004 World Cup final. Fresh take on globalism.
The Gronholm Method
High-profile Argentinian director Marcelo Pineyro (“Kamchatka”)
satirizes job interview tests.
Debuting at Cannes Market.
Cuban musos struggle for international success against the political odds in Benito Zambrano’s vibrant Un Certain Regard closer. It has racked up some 600,000 Spanish admissions.
Sales: Flach Pyramide
Addict’s mother takes on Galician drug barons. A straight-arrow social-conscious artpic.
Holy Shroud, the Crusader
Famed knight the Crusader is entrusted to bring the Holy Shroud to Rome. “Adultescent” entertainment.
Honor de Cavalleria (Quixotic)
Free adaptation of the Don Quixote tale.
H6: Diary of a Serial Killer
Fame-craving psycho killer “purifies” victims in a motel room.
Producer: Morena/Wild Bunch/Jaleo/Dacsa & Estrategia
Carlos Saura’s next Spanish dance film, fusing modern, traditional, operetta (Isaac Albeniz’s “Iberia”) and flamenco.
Sales: Wild Bunch
Producer: Els Films de la Rambla
Steamy, verbose tale of obsessive passion from vet Barcelona auteur Ventura Pons (“Amic/Amat,” “Food of Love”).
Isi & Disi II
Scumbag headbangers Isi and Disi take to the road. Strong B.O. likely.
It’s Not You, It’s Me
There’s a cliche that all Argentinians are secret psychologists and it receives confirmation in affable failed-romance comedy. Big domestic B.O.
A King in Havana
Producer: Iroko/Continental/Imagia Freelance/Cubaname
Lowly Cuban impersonates Madrid Mafioso. Simpatico mainstream immigrant caper with Latino market play.
Twin-sister telepathy chiller from Mexican Rigoberto Castaneda.
The Kovak Box
Bestselling novelist is trapped in his own fictional world in this thriller.
Leon and Olvido
Producer: Xamalu/El Paso
A tale of conflict between a brother with Down syndrome and his sister. Karlovy Vary director (Xavier Sanchez Bermudez) and actress (Marta Larralde) winner.
Sales: El Retiro
Satire of Argentina’s economic slide as maid leaves employer in Jorge Gaggero’s Sundance World Cinema Special Jury Prize winner.
The Longest Penalty in the World
Spain’s spring sleeper: sometimes uproarious local soccer team comedy. Remake potential.
Resonant docu about a children’s adventure film made during the Spanish Civil War.
Sales: Art Mood
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A key Spanish CGI animation project from the toon pioneers behind “The Living Forest.” Quaint and classy. Sixty-one country sales so far.
Producer: KanZaman/Minotaur/Carousel/CMW/Telema/Buskin/Code 99
Jonathan English’s Minotaur-myth horror film.
Producer: Monfort/Polar/Onyx Films/K2
Juan Solanas’ Un Certain Regard adoption drama. With Carole Bouquet.
Producer: Zebra Producciones/Iconica/Sintra Films/Future Films (U.K.)
Emerging auteur Antonio Hernandez (“City Without Limits”) helms tricky genre-hopping revenge thriller. Fest exposure likely.
Producer: Rodar & Rodar/Tequila Gang
A ghost tale, or chronicle of a man’s descent into madness. Or maybe both.
Sales: Rodar y Rodar
A director, femme producer and gay writer dish each other’s dirt. The last official Dogma film, and the final entry in a trilogy from Juan Pinzas.
Producer: Warner Bros.
Screwball comedy and social barbs as Spain celebrates its first multiple gay wedding, with mothers in tow. Healthy AFM biz.
City-set cross-cutter from highly regarded helmer Sigfrid Monleon (“The Dutchman’s Island”).
Quietly affecting rites-of-passage tale of one young man’s life in turbulent ’60s and ’70s Argentina, as he recalls in old age.
Producer: Rosario Forever/Dulce Compania/Maestranza/Tafay 2000
“Nikita” Medellin-style, turning on devil-may-care prostitute-killer Rosario Tijeras.
Daniel Bruehl (“Good Bye, Lenin!”) toplines in actioner-bio of anarchist, womanizer and small-time bank robber Salvador Puig Antich, the last Spaniard to be garroted under Franco.
School’s out 2005
Classily turned-out gross-out comedy from “Slam” helmer Miguel Marti.
Searching for Love
Producer: Rodar & Rodar
Middle-age Carmen Maura seeks to revive teenage passions in mainstream romancer.
Sales: El Dorado
The Secret Life of Words
Producer: El Deseo/Mediapro
Produced by the Almodovar brother, this English-lingo oil-rig drama toplines Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins. Helmed by emerging international auteur Isabel Coixet (“My Life Without Me”). Major fest offering.
Semen: A Love Sample
Irregular, but stylish, often near-comicbook-artificial insemination farce.
La Semana que viene (Sin falta!)
Producer: Maestranza/Linea Sur/Zahori
Garage owner tries to dig himself out of debt.
Neurotic crises among Catalonia’s
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culture vultures, wittily autopsied in character-based drama by femme helmer Marta Balletbo-Coll.
Producer: Tornasol/Cruzdelsur Zona Audiovisual/Video Filmes/Patagonik
Political skeletons tumble from family closets in deft drama debut from Julia Solomonoff.
The Sky Turns
Producer: Jose Maria Lara/Alokatu
A Rotterdam, Buenos Aires and Paris winner that chronicles a crumbling village. A lyrical, thoughtfully lensed meditation on art, time, history and death.
Something to Remember Me By
Tightly buttoned, trigenerational family drama.
Sound of the Sea
Billed as “The Triplets of Belleville” meets “The Big Blue,” a deep-sea toon feature.
Spirit of the Forest
Sequel to Dygra’s European breakout toon “The Animated Forest.” A charming woodland franchise garnering healthy initial pre-sales.
Light-fingered lowlife takes on master grifter. Production values and name cast — Victoria Abril, Fernando Luppi — clinched good sales at Berlin, including TLA’s U.S. pickup.
Talking With the Wind
Producer: Ficcion/Intuition/Carlo D’Ursi/The Licensing
Dirt-poor Galician seamen period drama from hot helmer David Carreras (“Hypnos”).
Sales: Intuition/Licensing Team
Producer: ABS /Kasander Film Company/Delux
Venice-set art world crime thriller with Scott Williams, Rutger Hauer and Malcolm McDowell.
Paz Vega takes on Spanish protofeminist and hallucinatory mystic Teresa of Avila. Screenwriter Ray Loriga directs this high-profile project.
Things That Make Life Worth Living
Romantic comedy about a grizzled alcoholic and uptight widow. Modest but moving.
Tirante El Blanco
Caspar Zafer plays gadabout knight Tirante, hell-bent on breaking the Turks’ siege of Constantinople and breaking in Emperor’s daughter. A Byzantine comedy from Vicente Aranda aimed at international.
Tuna and Chocolate
Engaging Ealing-style comedy set on Andalusian coast.
Producer: Aligator/Estudios Picasso/Jet
The “Rocky Horror Show” meets Doris Day with gender problems: a transsexual comedy-cum-musical from Ramon Salazar (“Stones”). Specialty circuits beckon.
The Two Sides of the Bed
Sequel to musical farce megahit “The Other Side of the Bed.” Boffo prospects.
The Uncertain Guest
Producer: Rodar & Rodar
An architect believes another man is living in his house in this well-received psycho-thriller from first-timer Guillem Morales.
Toplining a finely calibrated Leonor Watling, a witty detective laffer set among Freud buffs in 1913 Barcelona from Spain’s sharpest social chronicler. Mopping up sales.
Sales: LatidoVolando voy
Producer: Bailando en la Luna/Sogecine/MediaPro/Estudios Picasso
Delinquent quits Madrid’s mean streets, finding final redemption. From respected helmer Miguel Albadalejo (“Bear Cub”).
Producer: El Deseo
Pedro Almodovar’s next pic. A return to the early neorealist social comedy with Penelope Cruz adn Carmen Maura. One of the world’s most significant new art/crossover pics.
Sales: Focus Features
The Wind (El Viento)
Federico Luppi is a Patagonian villager visiting his big-city granddaughter in Eduardo Mignogna’s heart-string-pulling drama.
Producer: Producciones Cinematograficas del Mediterraneo
Worthy expose of media manipulation in a sensationalist unemployment docu.
Sales: El Dorado
Postadolescent disaffection finds explosive release in raw, emotionally authentic three-parter from a debutante helming tandem, Ramon Termes and Carles Torras, to watch.