Romantic comedy from young Spanish TV talent. Preemed in Malaga. Sogepaq
14 (aka LOPE)
(Antena 3 Films/Conspiracao/Ikiru)
Biopic of 16th-century dramatist Lope de Vega, helmed by Andrucha Waddington (“House of Sands”). Antena 3’s flagship $16 million 2009 production.
African emigrants cross the Saharan sands in search of paradise. Latido
Adolescent angst dramedy from Uruguayan auteur Fernando Veiroj. Directors’ Fortnight. Rezo
Helmer Alejandro Amenabar directs Rachel Weisz in this Roman/Egyptian epic. Fernando Bovaira produces. Shooting.
Steven Soderbergh’s multi-part Che Guevara bio, with Benicio Del Toro upfront. Cannes Competition. Wild Bunch
THE ANARCHIST’S WIFE
Husband (Juan Diego Botto) and wife (Maria Valverde) fight Franco and fate in the Spanish Civil War. Peter Sehr and Marie Noelle direct. Post. Bavaria
ASD (aka UNDERGROUND)
Graffiti artists escape down subway tunnels from security guards, stumbling on a half-human creature. New Fantastic Factory entry from goth horror short filmmaker Tinieblas Gonzalez. Post. Filmax
BEFORE THE FALL
Genre debut from Javier Gutierrez — part sci-fi, suspense, rural drama and horror — in a story occurring days before the world’s end. Filmax
A “four-way tale of amour-fou, shot in the style of ’50s American film noir at its most hard-boiled,” says helmer Pedro Almodovar. Toplining Penelope Cruz, Blanca Portillo, Lluis Homar and Jose Luis Gomez. Shoots May 26. Focus
EL CANT DELS OCELLS
(Andergraun Films/Eddie Saeta)
Three Wise Men tale, reworked by austerely styled left-of-field talent Albert Serra. Directors’ Fortnight. Capricci
Story of a dying 12-year-old girl, exalted as a saint by Opus Dei. Based on real events. From Javier Fesser, Oscar-nommed for short “Binta and the Great Idea.” Wild Bunch
Following hit “Kovak Box,” screenwriter Jorge Guerricaechevarria and helmer Daniel Monzon reteam on a gritty prison thriller. Development. Vaca/Morena
Julio Medem’s Toronto player. Intense femme psychodrama as the protagonist finds herself leading a variety of lives. Sogepaq
(Canguro/Antena 3 Films)
Crowdpleaser about a gay chef dealing with his family-in-tow. Malaga fest audience award. Imagina
THE CHICKEN, THE FISH AND THE KING CRAB
A young Spanish chef samples the bitter taste of failure in Jose Luis Lopez Linares’ critically well-received docu. Latido
American family trapped in a deadly desert circus. Third solo feature from “REC” co-director Paco Plaza. Filmax
Antarctic Island-set sci-fi thriller, adapting hotly pursued Spanish novel. Development.
THE CONSUL OF SODOME
Biopic of bourgeois multinational exec Jaime Gil de Biedma, a famed Spanish poet, homosexual and rebel. Lolafilms Intl.
(Antena 3 Films/Little Giraffe)
Recounts late-’70s Spain as it opened up to democracy, and softcore production, chronicled through the lives of three porn actresses. Almodovar proteges Dunia Ayaso and Felix Sabroso direct. Coach 14
(Filmax/Antena 3 Films/Hospiwood/El Terrat)
Second two-hander from “Tapas” directorial duo Jose Corbacho and Juan Cruz, a punchy school bullying parable. Critics award, Malaga Fest. Filmax.
Man investigates a friend’s murder, apparently at the hands of his 9-year-old daughter. Suspenser is the latest from auteur Antonio Chavarrias (“Celia’s Lives,” “You’ll Be Back”). Oberon
DON’T ASK ME TO KISS YOU BECAUSE I WILL
(Rodar y Rodar)
Directorial debut of Barcelona playwright Albert Espinosa, adapting his mentally handicapped-themed stage hit. Shooting. Rodar y Rodar
THE EIGHTH SACRAMENT
(Rodar y Rodar)
Religious thriller, “Omen” style, from scribes Mike Hostench and Angel Salas. Script-stage. Rodar
Four mathematicians on a mission in Federico Luppi-starring locked-room nail-biter. IFC U.S. pickup. Notro
(Alta Realitat/Frost Media/Gota)
A couple seek absolution after their son’s death. Serious, emotional fare from Ferran Audi, toplining Ulrich Thomsen. Shooting.
(Antena 3 TV/Voz Audiovisual)
Ambitious Spanish-language fiction thriller about real-life double agent Joan Pujol, who duped Hitler. Flagship project from net affil Antena 3 Films.
GOD’S FORGOTTEN TOWN
Journalist unearths the paranormal past as debutante Juan Carlos Claver’s thriller aims to add to Spain’s recent list of international horror successes. Imagina
Cigar-chomping Al Lewis, best known for limning Grandpa Munster, reminisces on his acting career and political activism. Niche U.S. distribution potential.
THE HAIRY TOOTH FAIRY 2
Followup to Spanish and Argentine B.O. hit about the titular rodent. Filmax
(Rodar y Rodar)
A second hot project from Rodar, from “Orphanage” scribe Sergio Sanchez. Script stage. Rodar
LA HORA DE LOS TRAIDORES
Highly awaited next pic from Victor Gaviria (“Additions and Subtractions”), a thriller set in 1962, about a Colombian federal agent in pursuit of an outlaw. Shooting. KWA.
Co-written by William G. Davies, produced by Iain Canning, an English-language remake of “The Uninvited Guest,” to be directed by original helmer Guillem Morales. 2009 shoot. Becker
EL JUEGO DEL AHORCADO
(El Amigo de Lennon, Subotica, Ovideo)
Steamy sexual drama from Manuel Gomez Pereira.
(Rodar y Rodar)
In an English hamlet, a young blind woman commits suicide, provoking a blackout in a local street. Sister Julia investigates. Reps Guillem Morales’ English-language follow-up to “The Uninvited Guest.” Pre-production. Rodar
Eduard Cortes directs cyber fable about the last days and mysterious death of a young performance artist. Pre-production. Benece
IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA
A young man carouses around Strasbourg, looking for a girl. Critically admired Venice competish item from arthouse maestro Jose Luis Guerin. DeAPlaneta
(Bailando en la Luna/Jaleo)
Slacker romantic comedy. Imagina
(Trivision/CTV/Stephen Kay/Andres Vicente Gomez)
Offbeat meller from vet Vicente Aranda (“Mad Love”) features Eduardo Noriega as both an unhinged ex-cop and his dullard twin. Lolafilms Intl.
(Eddie Saeta/4L/Slot Machine/Fortuna/ Black Forest)
Argentine auteur Lisandro Alonso’s Directors’ Fortnight player: A 50-ish merchant sailor searches for his origins and a sense of life in remote Tierra del Fuego. The Match Factory
MARADONA BY KUSTURICA
(Pentagrama/Telecinco Cinema/Wild Bunch/Fidelite)
Emir Kusturica’s years-in-the-making portrait of the Argentine soccer legend. DVD, TV prospects overseas. Cannes Midnight Screening. Wild Bunch
Iciar Bollain’s fourth feature spotlights a trio of femme detectives. Sogepa
MORTADELO & FILEMON – MISSION: SAVE THE PLANET
(Prods. Zeta/On Pictures/Antena3)
Titular Spanish comicbook heroes given full-on digital treatment in big-budget laffer that did fine Spanish B.O. 6 Sales
MOSES TAITE’S WAR
Morgan Freeman-starring, India-set, $33.5 million project. KanZaman
LA MUJER SIN CABEZA
(Aquafilms/El Deseo/Slot Machine/ Teodora/ R&C)
Argentinian Lucrecia Martel’s politically tinged drama of a conscience-stricken woman. Cannes Competition. Focus
OLD MAN BEBO
Winner of Tribeca’s Documentary Emerging Filmmaker award. Helmer Carlos Carcas’ jazz-inspired trip through the life of veteran Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes.
Iraqi mother searches for the man who killed her son at a checkpoint. Directed by Amer Alwan. Pre-production.
Company retreat where the paintball bullets are for real. Action-horror deb of Daniel Benamayor. Filmax
LOS PECES DE LA AMARGURA
Bigscreen adaptation of on-the-rise Spanish writer Fernando Aramburu’s short-story collection, about the impact of ETA terrorist attacks on the lives of Basques. From EFP Producer on the Move Manuel Cristobal. 6 Sales
(Ilion/Handmade/Antena 3 Films)
Big-budget ($50 million) sci-fi comedy toon penned by Joe Stillman (“Shrek”), animated out of Spain. New Line pickup for U.S. Handmade
Marriage-breakdown drama, written, directed by and starring Silvia Munt. Director prize, Malaga fest. KWA
(Independent Cinema Resistance)
Portrait of an attractive serial killer, from first-time helmer Albert Arizza. With Geraldine Chaplin.
SALT OF THIS SEA
Mideast romantic drama, debut of multiprized filmmaker Annemarie Jacir. Un Certain Regard. Post.
SEVEN BILLIARDS TABLES
(Elias Querejeta/Ensueno/Enrique Cerezo)
Femme helmer Gracia Querejeta directs Maribel Verdu (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) and Blanca Portillo (“Volver”) in this drama. DeAPlaneta
SPIRIT OF THE FOREST
Endangered woodland-set sequel to European breakout toon pic “The Living Forest.” Fantastic Films Intl.
Ambitious live-action project about Spanish crusader charged with rescuing a chalice in Palestine. Pre-production. Maltes
(Castelao/Scout/Universum & Telecinco Cinema/Future/Lithuanian Film Studios)
Brad Anderson’s switchback Transsiberian Express meller. With Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega. Filmax
UNDER THE STARS
Tender drama featuring Alberto San Juan as a jazz trumpeter returning to his roots. Did good Spanish B.O. Notro
UNTITLED KATIA LUND PROJECT
Palestine-Israel drama from “City of God” co-director Katia Lund. KanZaman
VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
(Gravier/Mediapro/Antena 3 Films)
Woody Allen’s homage to Catalonia. With Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Rebecca Hall. Out of Competition at Cannes. Wild Bunch
Drama about life in Spain’s politically delicate Basque region, in which a terrorist begins to reconsider his actions. Special Jury Prize, Malaga fest. Latido