Iroko lines up three film slate

'Spleen,' 'Tuya,' 'Onda Tropical' to be co-productions

BERLIN — Madrid-based Iroko has lined up a three-pic slate for 2007: “Spleen,” “Tuya” and “Onda Tropical FM.”

Alfonso Zarauza’s feature film debut, “La noche de la puta y el pan” (Spleen) is described by Iroko topper Harold Sanchez as “a road movie on foot through the streets of Santiago de Compostela,” the historical capital of Galicia in Northern Spain.

Pic will have an international cast, Sanchez added.

On “Tuya,” a romantic drama exploring hidden passions, Iroko reups with Argentine-Spanish helmer Beda Docampo: in 2006 Iroko boarded Docampo’s “Quiereme,” starring Ariadna Gil (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) and Dario Grandinetti (“Talk to Her”).

In development, docupic “Onda Tropical FM,” about Latin American immigration to Spain, is co-produced with seven Latin American countries, including Mexico and Argentina.

Iroko’s three-pic slate maintains productions levels in 2006. Over the year, Iroko will see three productions bow in Spain: “Quiereme”; “El Nino de barro” (The Mud Boy), a true-life psychological thriller based on a serial killer’s murder of young boys in 1912 Buenos Aires; and “El hombre de arena” (The Sandman), a psychiatric ward romancer toplining Maria Valverde (“Melissa P.”).

All three pics are international co-productions, two with Latin America.

“Spleen” will be co-produced with Germany.

“Co-productions allow you to totally finance a film, that the film is seen in other countries, and to swap experiences,” Sanchez said.

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