MADRID — Raising the ante on its comedy film production ambitions, powerful Spanish shingle Antena 3 Films is producing laffer “Que se mueran los feos” (Death to Ugly People), the sophomore pic by Spanish screenwriter-helmer Nacho Garcia Velilla (“Chef’s Special”).
With a 5 million euro ($7 million) budget, romantic comedy “Feos” will shoot from July 6 in Huesca, a northern Spanish town.
“Feos” will be released in Spain by Warner Bros. Velilla’s own label Mediometrini Films co-produces.
Thesps Javier Camara (“Talk to Her”), Carmen Machi (“Broken Embraces”), Juan Diego (“Dreammaker”) and Hugo Silva (“Lies and Fat Women”) lead a Spanish film and TV big-name cast.
Set in a bucolic rural environment, pic tells the story of Eliseo, a single, ugly and lame middle-aged man and Nati, a comely woman, and their attempt to fall in love.
Film title borrows the name of a celebrated song by ’60s Spanish rock band Los Sirex.
“It’s a very commercial film, with colorful photography and direction in line with French comedies, something that hasn’t been done much in Spain,” said A3F CEO Mercedes Gamero.
“Feos” aims to repeat the success of recent Spanish feel-good movies such as A3F-produced “Brain Drain” and “Road to Santiago,” which suggest that local auds are finally warming to at least some kinds of Spanish filmmaking. Bowing April 24, “Drain” has become Spain’s highest-grossing pic of the year, selling over one million tickets for an $8.4 million gross through June 4.
A former tube helmer, Garcia Velilla debuted in 2008 with gay chef laffer “Chef’s Special,” which became a local hit in Spain, grossing $7.1 million B.O., and sold toto around 50 territories, including the U.S., where it was acquired by TLA Releasing.