Banderas stars as Picasso
Carlos Saura (“The Hunt,” “Raise Ravens,”) directs (Variety, Feb. 20) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Spanish producer Elias Querejeta and French scribe Louis-Charles Sirjacq. Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl. has acquired worldwide rights outside France and Spain. Spain’s Idem 4 and France’s Cinevedas produced. As reported in Variety, Banderas plays Picasso; Paltrow is up to limn his lover Dora Maar, a Spanish-speaking French photographer, who snapped the stages of “Guernica’s” creation. Paltrow speaks Spanish, having lived as an exchange student for a year in Spain at age 15. Spain’s Imanol Arias will portray writer Jose Bergamin, while Barbara Goenaga is Picasso’s assistant. Budgeted at €8 million ($10.4 million), “Guernica” will be one of the biggest Spanish films going into production this year. It shoots mid-September to mid-November in Guernica and France, for delivery next May, Rud said. Basque pubcaster ETB is co-financing.