Major films look to an international life beyond Spain
“The Abandoned” (Castelao) First-timer Nacho Cerda’s ghost chiller. World preemed at Toronto; Sitges competish player.“August Days” (Benece/TVC) Twins take a trip south in rural Catalonia. A lush, sharp-eyed, pointedly meandering ode to leisure and its pleasures. “Atlas of Human Geography” (Milou/Tornasol/Messidor) Contempo relationship drama from Azucena Rodriguez (“Entre rojas”). “Bolboreta, Mariposa, Papallona” (Eddie Saeta/Doble Banda) A cineaste’s search for inspiration, with Fele Martinez (“Bad Education”). “Buddha at the Barricades” (Zip) Antiglobal activists thriller from Jo Sol (“The Taxi Thief”). “La Cascara” (Eddie Saeta/Salgado/Delta/Marians Seco) Droll, identifiably Uruguayan existential comedy from helmer Carlos Ameglio. Post. “The Chair” (Eddie Saeta) Abstract contempo existence allegory is Julio D. Wallovits’ first solo effort after “Smoking Room.” Festival and niche distrib outings beckon. “The Clown and the Fuhrer” (Benece/TVC) Catalan clown Charlie Rivel performs before Hitler. Ethically resonant drama. Post. “Dementia” (DeAPlaneta) Barren and bonkers woman kidnaps pregnant sis. From Fernando Camara (“1000 Cameras …”). DeAPlaneta. “Donkey Xote” (Filmax/Lumiq) Comic “Quixote” kids toon pic. Strong sales. “Don’t Ask Me to Kiss You Because I Will” (Rodar y Rodar) Directorial debut of hot Barcelona playwright Albert Espinosa, adapting his humor-laced, mentally handicapped-themed stage hit. Eloy Azorin toplines. “En la Ciudad de Sylvia” (Eddie Saeta/Chateau Rouge) “One of the most dialogue-free films in history,” says director Jose Luis Guerin. Plot: a young man searches for a girl in Strasbourg. Expect Guerin hallmarks like dense allusion, leavening humor, sensuality and irony. With Pilar Lopez de Ayala. “Fiction” (Messidor) Cesc Gay (“In the City”) leaves urban satire for rural idyll in Pyrenees-set tale of a director facing creative crisis. Good reception at Toronto. “The Football Match” (Zip/Vaca/Jaleo/TVC/TVG) Factory welders facing the ax battle with downsizing bosses in soccer face-off. Well-crafted TV movie from Juan Calvo. “The Forgotten” (Zip/Sur/Uto-pic/TVE/TVC/2MM) Driss Deiback docu on Moroccan conscripts forced to fight for France. Valladolid Fest bound. “Garbo” (Ikiru) Standout high-end docu thriller about the double agent who duped Hitler. Ikiru. “The Hairy Tooth Fairy” (Filmax/Patagonik) Good buzz, Argentine B.O. and sales, on whimsical toon/live-action pic. “Honor de Cavalleria” (Anderground/Eddie Saeta/Notro) Sancho and Don Quixote wander across a sun-baked La Mancha; impressive minimalism. “The Imp”/”Angus & Cheryl” (BRB/Screen 21) BRB bows these 90-second short-formats, B/W “The Imp,” about a bungling hell-raiser, and sex war sketches “Angus & Cheryl,” at Mipcom. “The Kovak Box” (Castelao) Anticipated thriller from Daniel Monzon, with Timothy Hutton. Sitges out-of-comp player. “The Moon in the Bottle” (Sogecine/Ikiru/Moon) Ensemble drama. “Mud Boy” (Adivina/Filmax/Iroko/Pol-ka) Potential standout serial killer suspenser from Jorge Algora. One to track. “Nobody’s Perfect” (Diagonal TV/Pentagrama/Mediapro) Rip-roaring — and finally sobering — handicapped friends’ stag night. Potent cast, director (Joaquin Oristrell) and screenwriter (Espinosa). “Noctambula” (Morena/Jaleo/Oberon/Pensa & Rocca) Political chiller: family is haunted by Argentine Junta-murder victims. “Ordinary Boys” (Alea/TVC/Alegria) The Moroccan ‘hood where five March 11 terrorists grew up. Latest from prestigious docu maker Alea TV. “The Orphanage” (Rodar y Rodar/Estudios Picasso) Supervised by Guillermo del Toro, pic is “a North Spain realist ‘Poltergeist,’ ” says first-timer Juan Antonio Bayona. With Belen Rueda (“The Sea Inside”). Post. “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” (Constantin/Castelao/Nouvelle Editions des Films) Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of bestseller, and Filmax’s big minority co-production bet. “Remake” (Ovideo/Patagonik) Ironic vision of Spain’s hippie generation. Roger Gual (“Smoking Room”) helming solo. “Salvador” (Mediapro/Future) The final days of Salvador Puig Antich, Spain’s last garrote victim. Classic committed fare. “Sandra, la detective de cuentos” (Icon/TVE) Pre-sold to France’s TF1, Disney for Germany, Italy and Spain, Cartoon Networks in Latin America. “La Soledad” (Fresdeval/Wanda/In Vitro) Affecting contempo femme drama from Jaime Rosales (“The Hours of the Day”). Editing. “Tango Way” (Zip/Alguienvolo/TVC) Dissection of middle-class hypocrisy, from Toni Salgot. “The Taxi Thief” (Zip) Subversive, hip, antiglobal faux docu by Jo Sol. “The Totenwackers” (Arcadia/Future/Filmanova) Children’s ghost adventure romp, toplining Geraldine Chaplin, from Ibon Cormenzana (“Jaizkabel”). “Trans-Siberian” (Castelao) Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express from Brad Anderson. Expect a dark, discomfiting thriller. “The Ungodly” (Zip/Dream 7) Thomas C. Dunn’s thriller. Sitges competish contender. “La Vida abismal” (Els Films de la Rambla) Evergreen Ventura Pons helms this thriller — paean to life lived at the limit. Fest bound? “We all Love Gloria Cole” (Pastora Delgado/Films de Ultramort) Hot Colombia thesp Flora Martinez (“Rosario Tijeras”) toplines Manuel Lombardero’s bar-set, low-life youth drama. One to track. Woody Allen summer 2007 shoot (Mediapro/Gravier) Allen’s next after his third London pic. Even sans script and cast, a standout indie project. “Yo soy la Juani!” (Media/El Virgili) Trashy teen dreams of Hollywood. Bigas Luna helms. Potential standout.
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