Thriller set in late Victorian era, from Eugenio Mira (“The Birthday Party”). Budget estimated at $5.3 million.
A young woman tends an aged, bedridden man, Amador. Latest relationship drama from Fernando Leon (“Princesses,” “Mondays in the Sun”). $6.3 million.
BETSY AND THE EMPEROR
The family of a young girl (Dakota Fanning) on St. Helena invites deposed French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (Al Pacino) to tea. Rolls early 2010, John Curran directing. $20 million.
Napoleon’s hussars pursue a Catalan drummer boy to the high sierra. Helmed by Daniel Benmayor. $7.9 million. Sales: StudioCanal.
A young actress (Elsa Pataky) tries to make it in Hollywood. From Bigas Luna (“Yo soy la Juani”). $8.6 million. Shoots Sept. 28.
Kike Maillo’s robot-daughter coming-of-ager. A Catalan sci-fi genre pioneer. $6.2 million.
Pau Freixas’ look back on first love. $5.6 million.
(Rodar y Rodar)
Spanish/Hindi-language drama about a Spanish hired killer on the mend in Mumbai. First-timer Sriram Rajam directs. $7.2 million.
(Rodar y Rodar/Antena 3 Films/ Messfilms)
“Orphanage” lead Belen Rueda plays an astronomer who investigates her blind sister’s death as her own sight fades. A predictably classy chiller from Guillem Morales. $10.1 million. Sales: DeAPlaneta/Focus.
LOBOS DE ARGA
“An American Werewolf in London”-style comedic scarefare in benighted village. $7.2 million. In development.
(Antena 3 TV/Ikiru/Conspiracao/El Toro)
Andrucha Waddington’s take on the makings of Golden Age dramatist Lope de Vega. $19.2 mllion.
MAGIC JOURNEY TO AFRICA
A girl travels to the mysterious continent in this live-action 3-D pic directed by Jordi Llompart (“Mystery of the Nile”). $14 million. Sales: Filmax.
MEMORIA DE MIS PUTAS TRISTES
(Zip/Memorias del Sabio/Mercer/Crone)
Jean-Claude Carriere adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, Henning Carlsen helming.
Coming-of-age story set in a 1943 Catalan village. Helmed by local auteur Agusti Villaronga. $5.7 million.
THE PERFECT ASSASSIN
(Rodar y Rodar/the Company Pictures/Andrew Douglas)
Dark comedy written by Paul Webb, directed by Andrew Douglas. “‘The Lost Ark’ meets ‘Three Kings’ and ‘Catch-22,'” according to producer Joaquin Padro. Shoots the first half of 2010. $14.4 million.
Second part of Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza’s cult zombie pic, which played Venice and Toronto.
$5 million. Sales: Filmax.
A white boy and black girl survive an apocalypse, becoming a new Adam and Eve. In 3-D. In development. $12.9 million.
Barcelona low-life drama from Santiago Zannou, who won Goya first-time helmer prize (“El truco del manco”). Shoots Feb. $5 million.
(Filmax/Utopia Global/MUF Animation)
CGI/live-action hybrid follows the adventures of Floquet, Barcelona Zoo’s beloved white gorilla. $8.6 million. Sales: Filmax.
WOODY ALLEN SUMMER 2009 PROJECT
Choral family relationship dramedy toplining Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins. Around $22 million. In post. Sales: Imagina.— Emilio Mayorga and John Hopewell