Local buzz titles hit the Cannes market

THE ANARCHIST’S WIVES
(P’Artisan/Cargo/Zip)
Star-crossed husband and wife fight Franco and fate during the Civil War and after. Cast includes Maria Valverde (“Melissa P.”) and Nina Hoss (“Yella”). Peter Sehr directs.

ANASTEZSI
(Mate/Sintra/FA&ME)
Euro middlebrow thriller with fetching cast set at a Med-coast master class for young violinists. FA&ME

THE APPEARED
(Morena/Jaleo/Oberon/Pensa & Rocca)
Siblings terrorized in Patagonia by ghouls of junta victims.

ANIMAL CRISIS
(Continental/Abrakam Estudio/Dream)
Gen Y toon sports animal kingdom with gay caimans, election gerrymandering and a roaring trade in corpses. Latido

AUGUST DAYS
(Benece)
Twins take a trip south in rural Catalonia. A lush, sharp-eyed, pointedly meandering ode to leisure and its pleasures. Radical icon Marc Recha directs.KWA

BEFORE THE FALL
(Green Moon Espana/Maestranza)
As a meteorite hurtles toward Earth, a man seeks redemption protecting children. Antonio Banderas’-produced moral sci-fi fable.

THE BLIND MAN OF SEVILLE
(Castelao/ZDF)
Will Conroy, co-scribe on Brad Anderson’s “Trans-Siberian,” adapts Robert Wilson’s Sevillian Semana Santa-set “Seven”-ish crime thriller. Filmax

CANDIDA
(Sogecine/Peliculas Pendleton)
Winsome titular old-timer takes on societal evils in this lighthearted, out-there comedy.
Sogepaq

CAFE SOLO O CON ELLAS
(Drive/Estudios Picasso)
Peculiarly swish Madrid gross-out commitment comedy. Foreign tube traction possible. Imagina

CASA DE MI PADRE
(Monfort)
High-power young cast — Juan Jose Ballesta and Veronica Echegui — in Basque-set drama. First-timer Gorka Merchant helms. Shoots from June.

CELL 211
(Vaca)
After upbeat results with “The Kovak Box,” screenwriter Jorge Guerricaecheverria and helmer Daniel Monzon reteam on a tough prison thriller.

CELIA’S LIVES
(Oberon/TAU/Altavista)
The chronology of a suburban murder craftily rearranged by Antonio Chavarrias into a challenging contempo thriller. RTVE

CERTAIN LADY
(Castelao)
The next high-end chiller from Jaume Balaguero (“Darkness,” “Fragile”). Filmax

CHAOTIC ANA
(Sogecine/Alicia Produce)
Intense psychodrama, as the protagonist of Julio Medem’s longawaited feature finds herself leading a variety of lives. Sogepaq

THE CONTESTANT
(Lazona, Continental)
Mental collapse follows material success in debutante Rodrigo Cortes’ high-energy anticapitalist pic. Filmax/RTVE

THE DARK HOUR
(Eqlipse)
Elio Quiroga’s upscale, post-apocalyptic zombie/sci-fi pic. Lightning
Entertainment

DAWSON ISLAND 10
(Aquelarre/Azul/VPC Cinemavideo)
Testaments of former ministers and close collaborators of Salvador Allende, confined on Dawson Island after Pinochet’s coup. From vet Miguel Littin.

DEMENTIA
(DeAPlaneta/Ensueno)
Barren and bonkers woman kidnaps pregnant sis. From workmanlike Fernando Camara. DeAPlaneta

DANS LA VILLE DE SYLVIA
(Eddie Saeta/Chateau Rouge)
A young foreigner flanneurs around Strasbourg, looking for a girl. Pointedly ambling study of desire from cult left fielder Jose Luis Guerin (“En construccion”).
Fest berths beckon. Wanda

DOGHEAD
(Tesela/La Zafona)
Marginalized kid (teen star Juan Jose Ballesta) with mental problems almost finds puppy love in off-center sophomore effort from Santi Amodeo (“Astronauts”). Sogepaq

DON’T ASK ME TO KISS YOU BECAUSE I WILL
(Rodar y Rodar)
Directorial debut of hot Barcelona playwright Albert Espinosa, adapting his stage hit. Shooting. Rodar
y Rodar

DRINK UP!
(Voz Audiovisual/Matriuska)
Elegantly observed, multipart emotional chronicle. 6 Sales

FADOS
(Fado/Zebra/DuVideo)
Sumptuous — and fresh — Carlos Saura Portuguese song and dance.Watch out for Lila Downs and Lura. Latido

FERMAT’S ROOM
(Notro)
Four mathematicians square up to a number-crunching, life-saving mission in Federico Luppi-starring suspenser. Notro

FICTION
(Messidor)
A muted take on two tongue-tied thirtysomethings surprised by passion. Took top pic at the Mar del Plata fest. RTVE/Latido

FORT APACHE
(Mediapro)
Youth center worker revitalized by Maghrebi ward. RTVE/6 Sales

FROM THE SEA
(Continental/Desembarco)
Subaquatic, atmosphere-rich toon digitizes paintings by helmer Miguelanxo Prado to poetic effect. Latido

THE FROST
(Alta Realitat/Original/HOB)
Couple seek absolution after death of son. Serious, emotional fare; in pre-production.

GALA
(Ovideo)
Docu portrait of Gala, Salvador Dali’s muse, provocateuse and money manager. Imagina

GARBO
(Ensueno/Voz Audiovisual)
Ambitious, Spanish-language fiction thriller about the real-life double agent Joan Pujol, who duped Hitler.

GARBO, THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD
(Ikiru/Centuria/Colose)
A high-end docu thriller. Ready this winter.

GUANTANAMERO
(Visionaire/Monfort/NDF)
The plight of a Guantanamo escapee comes in for highly stylized treatment in Vicente Penarrocha’s moody sophomore effort. Peace Arch

GOING NUTS
(Bailando Bajo La Lluvia/Perro Verde)
Kooky animated feature starring nuts. Daringly different. 6 Sales

THE HANGED MAN
(El Amigo de Lennon/Lucky Red/Subotica/Ovideo)
A drama of teen sexual and emotional initiation from one of Spain’s standout social satirists.

THE HEART OF THE EARTH
(Manufacturas Audiovisuales/Abra/Heart of the Earth Prods./Future/Costa do Castelo)
Antonio Cuadri’s $15 million 1880s mine drama, with Sienna Guillory and Catalina Sandino Moreno. Handmade

HOTEL TIVOLI
(Filmanova/Zentropa/Animatografo 2/Aquafilms)
Round-the-globe multiparter traces the random travels of a cigarette lighter. Trust

INDEPENDENCIA!
(Ensueno/Prodigius Audiovisual)
Set against Napoleon’s Siege of Zaragoza and budgeted at $32 million, broadcaster Antena 3’s Spanish
event movie of 2008, now in pre-production.

LA INFLUENCIA
(Matarraya/Pedro Aguilera/Alokatu)
Directors Fortnight player produced by Carlos Reygadas and Jose Maria Lara, helmed by Basque Pedro Aguilera. Bac

INVISIBLES
(Pinguin/Reposado)
Javier Bardem-produced five-part portrayal of Chagas disease and sleeping sickness, rape, child abduction and civilian displacement. Isabel Coixet, Wim Wenders, Mariano Barroso, Fernando Leon and Javier Corcuera direct. Sogepaq

IO, DON GIOVANNI
(Lolafilms/Edelweiss/Wega/EMS)
Carlos Saura’s bio of Mozart librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. Post. Lola

THE LESSER EVIL
(Voz Audiovisual)
Political sleaze wittily satirized in darkly elegant comedy from Antonio Hernandez.

LIBERTADORES
(Wanda/RTVE)
A collection of five to seven films about Latin American freedom fighters, helmed by top local auteurs.
RTVE’s most ambitious film project to date. Wanda

LOLA
(Prodigius/Ensueno)
Plush but fairly standard-issue Spanish dance-star biopic bejeweled with standout dance scenes.
Filmax

LORCA, THE SEA STOPS MOVING
(Ircania)
Docu investigation of poet Federico Garcia Lorca’s murder. El Retiro

LOVE ME
(Nada Music/Iroko/Quiereme/Infinity/Kompel/Exponencial)
Argentine cook finally confronts family responsibilities.

MADRIGAL
(Wanda/ICAIC)
Fernando Perez (“Havana Suite”) delivers an intense, Havana-set abstract fable about the imagination.

MANOLETE
(Iberoamericana/Quinta)
Gangling Spanish bullfighter Manolete (Adrien Brody) meets feisty thesp (Penelope Cruz). One of the biggest Spanish films of the year. Handmade

ME
(Fausto/Periferica/Escandalo)
Mallorcan-set identity-theft thriller with memorable payoff. A Rotterdam Tiger and Fipresci Revelation of the Year winner. Rezo

MIGUEL Y WILLIAM
(Zebra/Miguel y William)
Shakespeare meets Cervantes in populist literary romp. With Will Kemp and Elena Anaya. Bavaria

MISSING LYNX
(YaYa!/Kandor/Perro Verde)
Animals escape from batty billionaire Noah’s Ark. Co-directed by Spanish Hollywood vet Raul Garcia, a high-profile toon project. 6 Sales

MOSES TAITE’S WAR
(Revelations/Kanzaman/TriSquare)
Morgan Freeman India-set oater, budgeted at $33.5 million. Kanzaman

MORTADELO AND FILEMON 2
(On Pictures/Ensueno)
A $13 million bumbling-spies comicbook adaptation. A big B.O. hope for Spain.

LA MULA
(Gheko)
A decade after “Il Postino,” Michael Radford’s Spanish-language coming-of-age Civil War dramedy. A key upscale project that shoots in October. Capricorn

THE NAVAL CHART
(Origen)
Femme fatale lures washed-up sailor on deep-sea treasure hunt. From helmer Imanol Uribe (“Carol’s Journey”). RTVE

NEGRO BUENOS AIRES
(Zip)
Buenos Aires-set antiglobalization parable from Ramon Termens (“Youth”).

OPEN GRAVES
(Manufacturas/Abra/Grand Illusions)
Surfers discover satanic board game. Players include Eliza Dushku and Mike Vogel (“Poseidon”). Post. Manufacturas Audiovisuales

THE ORPHANAGE
(Rodar y Rodar/Estudios Picasso)
Picturehouse scooped up this buzz-laden gothic chiller, supervised by Guillermo del Toro, at Berlin.World preems at Critics Week. Wild Bunch

OSCAR AND THE COLOR OF DESTINY
(Report Line)
Ill lawyer searches for disgraced surrealist’s last painting. El Retiro

OXFORD MURDERS
(Tornasol/La Fabrique du Films/Free House/Future)
Serial killer taunts august Oxford tutor of logic. Alex de la Iglesia’s latest move into English-language filmmaking. With Elijah Wood and John Hurt.

A PLACE IN THE CINEMA
(Un Lugar en el Cine/Alokatu)
Victor Erice, Theo Angelopoulos and Tonino Guerra reflect on Pasolini and film. A film buff’s delight. Alokatu

PLANET ONE
(Ilion/Handmade)
A 1950s-ish alien planet comedy penned by Joe Stillman (“Shrek”), animated out of Spain. Ambitious
– $50 million — charming and large-sales potential. Handmade

PUDOR
(Tesela)
Family tussles and tragedies untangled in impassioned drama debut by thesp Tristan Ulloa and sibling David. Sogepaq

RH+ A VAMPIRE OF SEVILLA
(Milimetros Dibujos Animados/M5)
Classically styled 2-D toon fantasy follows an Andalusian vampire who sets off for Seville but is waylaid in New York. Milimetros

THE RIND
(Eddie Saeta/Salado Media/Delta)
Droll, B-movie-style existential comedy from helmer Carlos Ameglio. Pending release.

LA ROLDANA
(Maestranza)
A woman struggles against the odds as the eponymous true-life historical Sevillian sculptor in Laura Mana’s revisionist international co-production.

SANTOS
(Aldea/Drive/Sobras/TelecincoCinema/BVI)
A $6.4 million superhero spoof from Chilean Nicolas Lopez (“Promedio rojo”). One of the biggest films to come out of Latin America this year, it’s sparking major sales company and territory interest. Imagina

THE SANDMAN
(Iroko/Siete Sillas/Adivina)
Psychiatric ward-set romancer with Maria Valverde (“Melissa P.”) Completed.

SCANDALOUS!
(Tesela/La Zanfona)
Florid, feminist, flamenco comedy-musical. Sogepaq

SIGHS FROM THE HEART
(ATPIP)
Argentinian Enrique Gabriel’s upbeat, lightly satirical study of an economist who finds his soul. El
Dorado/Primer Plano

SNOWHEART
(Kanzaman)
Inuit nation battles big business corruption.

SOLITARY FRAGMENTS
(Fresdeval/Wanda/In Vitro)
Jaime Rosales (“The Hours of the Day”) unspools pic in Un Certain Regard with an contempo women’s drama. Match Factory

SPIRIT OF THE FOREST
(Dygra)
Endangered woodland-set sequel to European breakout toon pic “The Living Forest.” Fantastic
Films Intl.

STONES OF DAVID
(Kanzaman/Ashtarte)
An $11 million Palestine-Israel contempo motherhood drama. “City of God” co-director Katia Lund helms. An ambitious project for Spain. Kanzaman

SUICIDE CLUB
(Tornasol)
21st-century Madrid imitates Victorian London in Roberto Santiago comic-drama based on the Stevenson yarn. Latido

SUMMER RAIN
(Green Moon Espana/Sogecine/Future)
Antonio Banderas convincingly displays auteur credentials in this visually complex feature. Sogepaq

TERESA
(Iberoamericana/Future/Artedis/Trivision)
Paz Vega limns mystic feminist Saint Therese of Avila. Upscale revisionism. Handmade

TIME CRIMES
(KV Entertainment)
Frenetic time-travel thriller from Oscar-nommed Nacho Vigalondo.

THIRTEEN ROSES
(Enrique Cerezo/Pedro Costa/Filmexport)
True-life execution of 13 young women by Franco’s regime.

TRANS-SIBERIAN
(Castelao/Universum/Future)
Brad Anderson’s quality crimethriller, set on the Trans-Siberian Express. Woody Harrelson, Emily
Mortimer and Ben Kingsley star. Filmax

UNDER THE STARS
(Fernando Trueba)
Washed-up jazz musician achieves redemption in his pueblo. Alberto San Juan’s class- A perf won Malaga fest gongs for Felix Viscarret’s debut. Notro

WOODY ALLEN’S SUMMER PROJECT SPAIN 2007
(Mediapro/Gravier/Ensueno)
Woody Allen’s untitled feature will be shot in Barcelona and Asturias, with a high-powered cast: Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Hall, sparking media frenzy in Spain. Mediapro

WRAP UP
(Continental)
Argentinian woman starts anew in Galicia.Warmhearted drama from Fernando Castets (“The Son of the Bride”). Latido

XXL
(Wanda Vision)
Hermaphrodite drama from firsttime Argentine director Lucia Puenzo. Screening in Critics’ Week. Wanda

YOURS ALWAYS
(Films d’Ultramort/Pastora Delgado)
Shady dealings and jazz fuse to classy effect in smoky Barcelonaset thriller. KWA

ZOMBIE WESTERN, THE LEGEND OF THE DARK BUTCHER
(Perro Verde/Happy Flyfish)
Puppet animation cowboy-andzombie-Indian splatterfest developed from a cult Danish short. 6 Sales

THE ZONE
(Morena/Buenaventura)
Residents of plush Mexico City ‘burb go hunting for human intruders. J.G. Ballardish, social thriller. Post. Wild Bunch

YO SOY LA JUANI
(Media/La Virgili)
Checkout girl turns starlet in vet Bigas Luna’s stylishly-shot zeitgeist drama. Stars thesp-to-watch Veronica Echegui. Arclight

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