Herrero war drama shooting at Ciudad de la Luz studios

MADRID — Alta Films, Spain’s top arthouse distribbery, has picked up theatrical distribution rights to Spanish helmer-producer Gerardo Herrero’s war thriller “Sangre en la nieve” (Blood in the Snow).

“Blood” is set on the Russian front, during World War II. A former Spanish police, Arturo Andrade, investigates a serial killer among Spain’s Blue Division volunteers, which fought alongside the German army.

Penned by Argentinean screenwriter Nicolas Saad, “Blood” is a feature film adaptation of the 2006 bestselling novel “The Time of the Strange Emperors,” by Spanish writer Ignacio del Valle.

Pic marks Gerardo Herrero’s directorial and producing return to the war drama genre after his 1997 Sarajevo-set movie “Comanche Territory.”

Budgeted around Euro5.2 million ($7.4 million), “Blood” is structured as a Spain-Lithuania co-production, teaming Herrero’s shingles Tornasol and Castafiore with Antonio Saura’s Madrid-based Zebra Prods., plus Lithuania’s Lietuvos Kino Studija.

Spanish thesps Juan Diego Botto (“Vete de mi”) and Carmelo Gomez (“The Night of the Sunflowers”) topline.

Shooting began in February in Lithuania and continues for eight weeks at Alicante’s Ciudad de la Luz Studios in Spain.

Barcelona-based Cameo, which counts Alta and Tornasol among its partners, will handle “Blood’s” home entertainment rights.

Madrid sales agent Latido Films will sell the movie internationally.

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