Spain's first 3-D large format film shoots

MADRID — Spanish actress Leonor Watling (“Bad Education,” “The Oxford Murders”) is attached to play a key role in “The Magic Tale,” Spain’s first large-format 3-D fiction film.

Written and helmed by Catalan journo and producer Jordi Llompart, the Euros 10 million ($16 million) budget project begins the Spanish leg of its shoot next July in Barcelona, having lensed, ending May, on location in Namibia and South Africa.

“Tale” tells the story of Jana, a 10-year-old girl and her magical journey to Africa, where she discovers the wonders of the continent and meets people and animals who help her find the meaning of life.

Watling plays a fairy who teaches Jana the secrets of the heart and the imagination.

Namibian actors Eva Gerretsen and Raymond Mvula, Spaniards Adria Collado and Veronica Blume, and South African John Whiteley complete the cast.

Film is inspired by the book “El Corazon sobre la arena,” which Llompart dedicated to his daughter Jana, who died in Africa in 2005.

Barcelona-based shingle Orbita Max produces, with post-production house Apuntolapospo and Catalan pubcaster TV3 co-producing.

“Tale” is also backed by Spanish investors Invercartera, Inverpyme and Mes Films. Pic is being shot entirely in 3-D for large-format screens, although it will also screen in digital and conventional theaters. Film is skedded to preem late next year.

In 2005, Orbita teamed with California-based MacGillivray Freeman Films to co-produce large-screen docu “Mystery of the Nile,” which garnered near $40 million and 6.5 million viewers worldwide.

Founded in 2000 by Llompart, Orbita Max is 50% owned by the RBA Group, one of Spain’s biggest media congloms.

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