Spanish titles on deck, listed with production companies, status (if known) and distributor or sales company (if any)14 (aka LOPE) (Antena 3 Films/Conspiracao/Ikiru/El Toro) Romancer-cum-rollicking adventure about 16th-century dramatist Lope de Vega; Andrucha Waddington helming. A $16 million flagship production. Pre-production. AFTER (Tesela/La Zanfona) Three thirtysomething buddies reunite and party, finding freedom as they briefly become teens again for one summer night. Alberto Rodriguez (“7 Virgins”) helms. Post. AGORA (Mod/Himenoptero/Telecinco Cinema/Sogecable) Alejandro Amenabar tackles Roman-era Egypt in a big-budget English-language tale starring Rachel Weisz as astrologer-philosopher fighting to save culture. Post. Focus Features. ALTAI (Impala, Explora) Coming-of-age tale charts Kazakh boy’s quest to become nomad tribe’s top falconer. Pre-production. BLUSH (Avalon) Prize-winning short writer-director David Plannel debs with drama starring Alberto San Juan. Post. BROKEN EMBRACES (El Deseo) Penelope Cruz/Blanca Portillo thesping tandem returns, post-“Volver,” for a lush four-way love story from Manchegan maestro Pedro Almodovar about a wannabe actress, a writer, a stockbroker and a single mom. Post. Focus Features. BRUC (Ikiru) “A Napoleonic War ‘First Blood,'” says producer Edmon Roch. Catalan villager, hunted by French hit squad, turns hunter, John Ramboing it in the majestic Catalan sierra. CASTILLOS DE CARTON (Tornasol/ Castafiore) Adaptation of a novel about a three-way love story among art students. Salvador Ruiz Garcia helms. CELL 211 (Vaca/Morena/La Fabrique 2/ Telecinco Cinema) Daniel Monzon’s (“Kovak Box”) prison drama, starring Luis Tosar, turns on rookie jailer forced to play inmate to survive. Shooting. Films Distribution. THE CHINESE MANUSCRIPT (Zebra/Antena 3 Films) Spanish missionary’s enigmatic manuscript upsets the Mandarin cart in historical thriller. Daniel Calparsoro (“The Absent”) to helm. Continued from page A2 THE CONSUL OF SODOME (Radio Plus) Sigfrid Monleon’s biopic charts checkered life of gay poet Jaime Gil de Biedma, conformist by day, rebel by night. Lola Intl. DICTATION (Oberon) Man investigates friend’s murder by — apparently — his daughter. Suspenser from Antonio Chavarrias (“Celia’s Lives”). In development. EL ULTIMO VERANO DE LA BOYITA (Julia Solomonoff/Jose Salvia/El Deseo/ Travesia). Argentine-El Deseo drama. Post. EVA (Escandalo) Spain’s first robot film, from Kike Maillo. A hot sales prospect. Shoots December. GORDOS (Tesela) Group therapy for the obese, recast as a drama about the excesses and deficiencies of modern life. Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s much-awaited sophomore effort should be a crowdpleaser. Shooting. HAIRY TOOTH FAIRY 2 (Filmax/Patagonik) B.O. toon/live-action hit sequel about a sweet-toothed rodent. Filmax. THE HANGED MAN (Ovideo/Subotica/ El Amigo de Lenon) Adolescent first love unravels terrible secrets in Manuel Gomez Pereira’s (“Mouth to Mouth”) psychological thriller. Opens January. HIERRO (Madrugada/Telecinco Cinema/ Roxbury) Mystery-thriller written by up-and-coming scribe Javier Gullon (“King of the Hill”) sees anguished mom return to island where son disappeared. Gaby Ibanez helms, Elena Anaya stars. Shooting. Wild Bunch. HOLY NIGHT! (Dygra) Battle of baubles: Santa Claus and elves square up to three wise men in festive tooner. English language. In production. THE HOMECOMING (Rodar y Rodar) A chiller from “Orphanage” scribe Sergio Sanchez. One of Spain’s hottest projects. THE HOUR OF THE TRAITORS – SANGRENEGRA (Sixaola/Fehrmann Prod./World Wide Media) Ruthless outlaw and sheriff slug it out in Colombian mountains in Victor Gaviria’s (“The Rose Seller”) revenge-and-betrayal Western. Spring shoot. KWA. THE ISLAND INSIDE (La Mirada/ Mecanismo/Ayaso y Sabroso/Oberon) Family members struggle with loneliness. Shooting. JENNIFER CAN (Versus/Videntia Frames/Notro) Luis Berdejo’s (“The New Daughter”) love-and-redemption story between loner and woman forced by illness to live in tank of water. JULIA’S EYES (Rodar y Rodar/Peter Fudakowski) In an English hamlet, a young blind woman commits suicide, provoking a local blackout. Her sister investigates. From Guillem Morales (“The Uninvited Guest”). LOST IN GALICIA (Cinematografo) Live-action debut from toon director Angel de la Cruz (“The Living Forest”) is a fishing village-set black comedy. LOVIN’ SHERLEY (Jaleo Films) Chiqui Carabante’s (“Carlos Against the World”) sophomore outing sees Spanish immigrant take on Dublin’s political underworld in offbeat English-language love story. MAP OF THE SOUNDS OF TOKYO (Mediapro) Isabel Coixet’s English-Japanese 2009 project about obsessive man who collects sounds and women. MEDITERRANEAN FOOD (Messidor) Menage a trois and haute cuisine mingle in Joaquin Oristrell’s simmering comedy about a cook, her husband and her lover. Post. THE MISSING LYNX (Kandor Moon/ Perro Verde) Animals on the run from billionaire’s Noah’s Ark in top-end Spanish tooner. Manuel Sicilia and Raul Garcia co-direct. Post. 6 Sales. THE MOTHERS OF ELNA (Mediapro) Manuel Huerga again revises history in drama about a real-life Swiss “fairy godmother” helping Spanish Civil War refugees in French camp. Pre-production. PAINLESS (Antoine Simkine/Francois Cognard) French-produced Spanish-language debut thriller by Juan Carlos Medina about a boy insensitive to pain and a neurosurgeon in search of the past. Shoots January. Elle Driver. PAINTBALL (Filmax) Workaholics’ adventure weekend goes bloodily awry. English-language. Filmax. PETIT INDI (PARALLAMPS) Companyia/Noodles) Fest fave Marc Recha’s Catalan-language drama is a likely bet for major fest berth. Eduardo Noriega (“Open Your Eyes”) and Sergi Lopez (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) star. Post. Celluloid Dreams. PLANET 51 (Ilion/Handmade/Antena 3 Films) Ilion’s alien planet comedy. A Sony U.S. pickup, Dwayne Johnson and Jessica Biel voicing; Joe Stillman (“Shrek”) scribed. Spain’s biggest animation bet ever. Handmade. THE QUESTION OF YOUR EYES (Tornasol/Polka) Ricardo Darin recalls past as ’70s Buenos Aires gumshoe in a dark-hued genre switch for Juan Jose Campanella (“Son of the Bride”). Latido. REC 2 (Filmax) Under-wraps sequel to Barcelona zombie hit, a Screen Gems remake. Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza reup as directors. Building buzz. Filmax. ROOM IN ROME (Morena/Alicia Produce) Auteur Julio Medem draws inspiration from Chilean Matias Bize’s “In Bed.” A Russian guy and a Spanish gal search their souls and sexuality. Wild Bunch. SAINT JOHN’S DANCE (Iroko/Jaleo/Arroba/8 Et Plus/Die Versilbrete Eitelkeit) Historical drama set in New Spain where Inquisition turns screws on popular miraculous ritual. Shooting. SEX OF ANGELS (Continental/CCFBR) Young love blighted by infidelity in sex-and-self-discovery drama starring Maria Valverde. Latido. SOLO QUIERO CAMINAR (Boomerang Cine/Canana) Spanish-Mexican heist movie from Agustin Diaz Yanes (“Alatriste”) with all-star Latino cast: Diego Luna, Victoria Abril, Ariadna Gil and Pilar Lopez de Ayala. Post. SPLEEN (Iroko/Perro Verde) Alfonso Zarauaza sends Luis Tosar into surrealist Galician night in offbeat “After Hours”-like debut. Bows at Valladolid fest. 6 Sales. TADEO JONES (El Toro/Light Box/Ikiru) Feature version of two Goya-winning shorts. TETRO (Zoetrope/TF/Castafiore/BIM) Francis Ford Coppola’s portrayal of creative Italian immigrants marred by ambition. Stars Vincent Gallo, Maribel Verdu, Carmen Maura. Post. THUNDER CAPTAIN (Maltes Prod./ Sorolla Films) Ambitious English-language adaptation of Spanish comic hero. Elsa Pataky attached. TRES DIA CON LA FAMILIA (Escandalo) Chabrolesque critique of bourgeois mores from ESCAC alum Mar Coll. Post. THE UNINVITED GUEST (See-Saw/ Rodar) English-language remake with Guillem Morales repeating directing gig. Set to shoot in London and Barcelona. VICTORY DANCE (Cecchi Gori/Fernando Trueba) Ricardo Darin stars in Fernando Trueba’s much-anticipated return to feature film directing in “three-character drama,” he says, based on Antonio Skarmeta (“El Postino”) novel. Shooting. VOS (Imposible) Four thesps debating life, luck and love as Catalan helmer Cesc Gay (“Fiction”) plays the comedy card. Pre-production. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS (Filmax) Live-action/CGI school soccer saga. Filmax. WOODY ALLEN SUMMER 2009 PROJECT (Mediapro/ Gravier) First of Woody Allen’s three-pic Mediapro deal after “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” wooed Cannes. ZENITRAM (Telespan/Tele 5/Kaos) Laffer charting rise and fall of unlikely superhero in Buenos Aires. Post.
2016-2017 Oscar Predictions
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- Petrol Advertising, Burbank, California
- Bridgewater Associates, Westport, Connecticut
- Company Confidential, Aspen, Colorado
- Save the Children, Fairfield, Connecticut