JOSE MANUEL QUIROGA
His latest: “Tocando fondo” (Zircozine-La Zona)
As in his outstanding shorts, “Fondo’s” characters confront an ethical dilemma. TV-trained Quiroga sketches social portraits with fond regard. Luis Tosar-Lazona-produced “Tocando fondo” turns on a car mechanic who returns to his father and brother’s fjord village home and while fishing, lands a cocaine bundle. Rolls 2008.
His latest: “Linko Killer” (IB-Nadir-Jaibo)
Ranal broke through with hyper-lauded black-and-white short “Coruna imposible” in 1995, a frantic, surrealist and spiral tale of alienation. He chose bluescreen-chroma animation for feature debut “Linko Killer,” a “Mad Max”-meets-“The Searchers” sci-fi drama about a father’s struggle to protect his son. Expect classic Euro adult comic aesthetics (think Moebius). Starts shooting in February.
His latest: “Catalina” (Voz Audiovisual-Matriuska)
Iglesias’ first full-length feature, “De bares,” sparked unanimous praise from critics and fests. His second, “Catalina,” brings his belle arts flair and eye for textures to this introspective story of a painter’s search for recognition and self. “Catalina” is sophisticated, brutal and visually distinctive. Digital cinema enthusiast Iglesias has another project in post, Canary Islands-shot “Cartas Italianas.”
His latest: “Retornos” (Vaca Films-Patagonik)
Video and commercials vet Aviles’ only short, the dark and intriguing “A subela” delivers a noirish ’40s-set passionate-crime story turning on a voyeur cobbler and a woman neighbor. Debut thriller “Retornos” features an estranged father who attempts to regain his teen daughter’s love by rescuing her from her marginalized mother and a backstreet prostitution underworld. Now in development. Patagonik co-produces.
His latest: “Spleen” (Perro Verde-Iroko)
Zarauza’s debut aims, he says, to be as exquisite as “the perfect melancholy every dandy aspires to,” a catchphrase of the film’s title character, a happy-go-lucky bohemian. Set in Santiago de Compostela’s nightlife of literate outsiders and lyrical no-hopers, “Spleen” is an urban-promenade road movie. Careful and fussy, Zarauza is intent on endowing Luis Tosar’s wayward dandy and Nora Tschirner’s prostitute with a sense of fun and charm. Shooting.