Gervasio Iglesias Produce Spanish Web Maestro

Warner Bros. to bow Iglesias-produced ‘Marshland” late September

PANAMA CITY – Gervasio Iglesias, producer of “Juan of the Dead,” Santi Amodeo’s “Dog Head” and movies by Alberto Rodriguez (“7 Virgins,” “After,” “Unit 7”) – looks set to produce “La sombra adentro (The Shadow Inside).

A sci-fi thriller, it marks the made-for-theatrical fiction feature debut of cult Spanish web director David Sainz. Working out of Seville, the Canary Islands-born Sainz broke through with web series “Malviviendo,” then saw spectacular success with “Obra 67,” a film made in 13 hours with a crew of 13 for TV channel Calle 13 as part of its Secret Little Film series.

Written by Sainz, “Inside” is set up at Iglesias’ La Zanfona Producciones and Diffferent (sic) Entertianment, which Sainz runs with Teresa Segura. A dark-humored futuristic thriller, it turns on six soldier survivors from a war that breaks out after a crisis in Spain. Attacked by a hidden enemy, they begin to suffer strange phenomena as ranks dwindle.

Sainz has delivered a first draft of the screenplay. “The idea is to have everything in place by the end of the year and shoot in summer 2015,” Iglesias said.

Iglesias aims to continue combining Spanish productions and co-productions with Latin America.

News of Sainz’s debut comes as, in marked contrast to most of Spain’s regions, Andalusia aims to hike film support, approving a patronage law, permitting 15% tax deductions on spend on cultural activities, including crowd-funding, Iglesias said.

A new Film Development Law, which he said he hoped would be passed by summer, would regulate subsidies, confirm the obligation of pubcaster Canal Sur to invest 6% of annual revenues in local filmmaking, and establish a levy for Internet operators, plowing proceeds into production.

“In Andalusia, after a long struggle, culture is being taken more seriously,” Iglesias said.

On the downside, he added, cash-strapped banks won’t lend to the film industry, Everyone has financing problems” he added.

By late April, Sacromonte, a second Iglesias production house, will have a first cut of the awaited “Marshland,” Rodriguez’s follow-up to “Unit 7,” and a suspense-thriller set in the treeless everglades not far from Seville, Iglesias said. Warner Bros. will release “Marshland” in Spain in late September, he added.

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