Lead Yarovenko receives Jove tribute
BARCELONA — Medieval epic “Captain Thunder and the Holy Grail,” one of the biggest pic projects coming out of Spain’s third biggest city of Valencia, will shoot in stereoscopic 3D, according to producers Maltes Producciones and Sorolla Films.Budgeted at Euros10 million ($12 million), the Spanish-language actioner rolls from August. “Audiences want real 3D : we’ll shoot in a true stereoscopic system,” Antonio Mansilla, general manager of distrib-producer Sorolla Films, told Daily Variety. Buena Vista Intl. Spain is handling “Thunder’s” Spanish theatrical and distribution. “Trueno” has been pre-bought by Spanish pubcaster TVE and Canal Plus Spain. Based on Victor Mora ’50s comic book, and helmed by the versatile Antonio Hernandez (“Hidden,” “The Borgias”), “Trueno” has been licensed to more than 50 territories, including Latin America, China, India and much of the Middle East, according to Maltes’ CEO Pau Vergara. Sergio Peris-Mencheta (“Resident Evil: Afterlife”), Elsa Pataky (“Snakes on a Plane”) and — in the latest key cast addition — Natasha Yarovenko (“Room in Rome”) topline. Yarovenko will pick up a Future of Cinema prize at the 25th Cinema Jove Festival, which opens Saturday. Devoted to showcasing features from young, often first-time helmers, Jove bows with “Gainsbourg, Je t’aime … Moi non plus,” the debut feature of bestselling Gallic comic-book artist Joann Sfar, delivering a bold biopic of French musician-composer Serge Gainsbourg. Competition players this year include “Submarino,” directed by Dogma 95 founder Thomas Vinterberg; “Bad Family,” helmed by Fin Aleksi Salmenpera (“Producing Adults”), a psychodrama with comic overtones, and Margaret Corkery’s debut “Eamon,” a stylized Oedipus complex take. Other pics competing for the Valencia’s top Golden Moon award are Xavier Dolan’s Cannes hit “I Killed My Mother,” Levan Koguashvili’s “Street Days,” Viktor Oszkar Nagy’s “Father’s Acre” and Katarzyna Roslaniec’s “Mall Girls.” Set in the impoverished village of Carlos Keen, near Buenos Aires, docudrama “El fruto,” helmed by Argentine first-timers Miguel Baratta and Patricio Pomares, world preems in Competition at Valencia. This year, Jove’s Competition pics are from “auteurs, all with strong voices,” said fest director Rafael Maluenda. Italy’s Matteo Garrone, director of “Gomorrah,” receives a Cinema Jove tribute. Fest runs June 19-26.