Actress-filmmaker Daphna Kastner and husband Harvey Keitel are teaming for romantic drama “Holiday in Mallorca,” Kastner’s followup as a writer-helmer to “Spanish Fly.”
Set between New York and Mallorca, “Holiday in Mallorca,” a working title, turns on an American (Keitel) who escapes to the Spanish Mediterranean island after running into trouble in New York. Kastner plays a smaller part as an unsuccessful backup singer.
According to Kastner, “Mallorca” is about “a man and his last chance to do something right.”
“It’s a family film about three people forming a family, though nobody is related,” Keitel said. “Mallorca” — a title that references the 1963 Elke Sommer starrer “Holidays in Mallorca,” which gave many Spaniards their first sight of a bikini — is in English with some Spanish, German and Russian, Kastner said.
Her third directorial outing, the low-budget “Mallorca,” will be put out to producers once she finishes the screenplay this winter, aiming for a shoot next summer or fall, she said.
Keitel and Kastner were in Mallorca last week to develop the screenplay and scout locations.
The pic’s setting and shoot on the island, which boasts a large German expat community, opens up possibilities of a U.S.-Spain-Germany co-production.
The couple, who own New York production label Goatsingers, would take some form of producer credit on the film, Keitel said.
With “Mallorca,” Kastner said she is “coming back to my roots.”
A Miramax U.S. pickup, “Spanish Fly” was produced by Juan Alexander at Madrid-based Star Line Prods., and set and shot in Madrid.