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Euro execs try to save ‘La Mula’

By John Hopewell

Three of Europe’s highest-ranking film executives — U.K.’s John Woodward, Spain’s Ignasi Guardans and Ireland’s Simon Perry —  are battling to save “La Mula” (The Mule), co-written and helmed by Oscar-nommed director Michael Radford.

The first foray by Radford (“Il Postino,” “Flawless,” “The Merchant of Venice”) into Spanish-language filmmaking, Spanish Civil War comedy “Mule” made headlines when Radford suspended its shoot Oct. 30, six weeks into a seven-week shoot, given the unavailability of co-production coin from the U.K. co-producer, Radford’s own London-based Workhorse label, and Ireland’s Subotica Entertainment.

Eight months later, “Mule’s” future, not just as a work of art, but also as a releasable film, is in doubt.

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