MADRID — Fernando Bovaira’s Mod Producciones and Telecinco Cinema have joined Alejandro Amenabar’s shingle Himenoptero to produce “El Mal ajeno,” helmed by Oskar Santos.
Their involvement adds more production punch to what is shaping up as one of Spain’s standout feature debuts.
Key cast is headed by Amenabar’s frequent male lead — Eduardo Noriega (“Open Your Eyes,” “Transsiberian,” “Vantage Point”) — and Belen Rueda (“The Orphanage,” “The Sea Inside”).
The fantasy-laced psychological thriller turns on a jaundiced doctor accused of driving a patient to suicide, who becomes the victim of a shooting.
Pic marks the beginning of Mod’s production involvement with up-and-coming Spanish talent, a strategy of nursing young directors’ careers that Bovaira pursued as the longtime head of Spanish shingle Sogecine.
Launched last year by Bovaira, who has produced most of Amenabar’s films, Mod has quickly established itself as one of Spain’s most international production houses, producing Amenabar’s “Agora,” starring Rachel Weisz, and co-producing Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Biutiful,” with Cha Cha Cha, Gonzalez Inarritu’s three-way partnership with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro.
Toplining Javier Bardem, “Biutiful,” a Spanish-language urban thriller, is currently shooting in Barcelona.
Telecinco Cinema, which backed Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” pics and Guillermo del Toro “Pan’s Labyrinth,” has also sought to bring on new directors, co-producing Juan Antonio Bayona’s debut, “The Orphanage.”