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Zentropa Intl. Spain boards ‘Chrysalis’

Verdu stars, Armendariz, Oria, Amapola produce

BARCELONA — Zentropa Intl. Spain, the Barcelona-based arm of Lars von Trier’s and Peter Aalbaeck Jensen’s Zentropa Entertainment, has boarded helmer-scribe Paula Ortiz’s “De tu ventana a la mia” (“Chrysalis”).

Also produced by Amapola Films and Puy Oria’s Oria Films, “Chrysalis” world preems Friday at the 56th Valladolid Festival. TrustNordisk handles international sales.

“Chrysalis” centers on three generations of women, played by Maribel Verdu (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), Leticia Dolera (“Spanish Movie”) and Luisa Gavasa, who battle to defend their dreams and freedom in the male-ruled Spain of 1923, 1940 and 1975, turning points in the country’s history.

“This is a drama in the style of Federico Garcia Lorca, both in its exploration of character, its passions and aesthetic care: Every frame could be a poster,” said David Matamoros, Zentropa Spain CEO.

He added that the film was aimed at a broad audience, but targeted women.

Amapola Films is a new Zaragoza-based company set up by Ortiz, Kike Mora and Raul Garcia. Mora and Ortiz studied at New York’s Tisch School of the Arts and L.A.’s UCLA.

Founded in 1999, Oria Films has produced all Montxo Armendariz’s recent films, including his latest, “Don’t Be Afraid” and 2005’s “Obaba.” One of Spain’s best-known vet auteurs, Armedariz exec produces.

“Chrysalis” has been pre-sold to pubcaster TVE and received an ICAA Spanish Film Institute subsidy. In Spain it opens via Alta Films on March 9, a day after Intl. Women’s Day.

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