Monfort links with Lazennec for pic

'Descarnado' will be directed by Chile's Gederlini

Spanish producer Iker Monfort has linked with France’s Lazennec to co-produce the E8 million ($9.7 million) sci-fi thriller “El ojo descarnado.”

Pic will be directed by Chile’s Giordano Gederlini, who debuted in 2002 with French comedy “Samourai.”

“El ojo” reteams Spanish thesps Eduardo Noriega and Fele Martinez, the male leads of Alejandro Amenabar’s first two pics, “Tesis” and “Open Your Eyes.”

Pic’s other producer is Lazennec’s Jerome Vidal.

“El ojo” follows a Spanish exec who begins to have visions from an eye he lost in Thailand during a wild night out.

Spanish-language shoot rolls first half 2006, kicking off at Alicante’s Ciudad de la Luz film studios before moving to Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and Bangkok.

The 32-year-old Monfort is one of the most internationally ambitious producers in the Spanish film biz.

Via his shingle Monfort Prods., launched in August 2004, Monfort co-produced the $5.5 million rural thriller “The Backwoods,” toplining Gary Oldman, and romantic actioner “Arritmia,” with Blighty thesps Derek Jacobi and Rupert Evans. Both pics are in post.

Monfort is also co-producing the bittersweet social comedy “Regreso a Saturno,” from new Argentine helmer Hernan Belon, a Cannes film fest Cinefondation alum. Lensing is skedded for August-September in Buenos Aires.

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