Pecado Films’ CEO, Alba is a Malaga-born producer, director and indie distributor. Having produced Manuel Gonzalez’s “The Sandman” and Jorge Algora’s “The Mudboy,” he is stepping up in scale with “Gernika, the Movie,” a tragic across-the-tracks love story between war correspondents set around the 1937 Luftwaffe destruction of the Basque village. Directed by Koldo Serra (“Backwoods”), “Gernica” is shooting, starring James D’Arcy, Maria Valverde and Jack Davenport. Sony Worldwide Acquisitions distributes internationally.
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Bano scored a Slamdance nom and won at the Aspenshorts Fest with “Anacos.” “To Be and Come Back,” screened at Locarno. Banos explores reality-fiction borderlands — in a rural environment — in “Come Back.” “I like to walk on this kind of slippery slope; either you fall or you find interesting things,” he says. Now shooting a docu-fiction hybrid from the diaries of a friend’s deceased mother and developing his feature debut “Ana and the Future,” a village-set dramatic thriller about a thirty something woman who comes back to her native town after 8 years and finds herself forced to do things she would never have thought.
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Laurelled shorts “Breakfast at Enrique’s” and “Bikini,” the latter, his most recent, turning on the Mayor of Benidorm’s attempt to persuade dictator Francisco Franco to authorize the bikini on Benidorm beaches. “Bikini” is now receiving a semi docu-spin-off, “The Man Who Bottled the Sun.” Valencia-based, Bernacer is developing a Pyrenees-set rural thriller about a contemporary commune founded to flee the crisis: “Inside the Swarm.”
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A member of Hollywood’s LA Panda, a group of young Spanish helmers/ producers, Brunet doubles as a B.O. analyst and creative producer. With Panda, along with Spain’s Lastor Media, he co-produced Carlos Marques Marcet’s hit “10,000 KM.” Now teaming with Diagonal TV to finance David Martin Porras’ suspense drama “A Texas Story.” Also developing Marques’ saphic laffer “Don’t Fuck Around With Love.” “Have you seen ‘Transparent’?. That’s what I’d love to do: Luminous, socially useful,” he comments.
Courtesy of Pau Brunet
Alfred Fargas & Roger Danes
An increasingly in-demand writing duo. “We do not know if it’s easier, but it’s definitely funnier for sure,” says Fargas about working together. Their screenplays include Judith Colell’s “Carmen Amaya’s Last Dance” and “Letter to Eve,” by Agustin Villaronga (Oscar nominee “Black Bread”) and spans genre, docus and drama. Currently working on “13 dias de octubre,” directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet (“10.000KM”) for Rodar y Rodar — “The Orphanage” — and Villaronga’s “The Mauthausen Photographer,” on Spanish extermination camp inmate Francesc Boix, who managed to preserve some negatives, that were key to condemning Nazi leaders during the Nuremberg trials.
Jon Garano & Jose Mari Goenaga
The duo’s second feature “Flowers” garnered wide praise and awards at Zurich, Toulouse, Milan and San Sebastian. A femme-centric film about loss, “Flowers” will be followed by a more ambitious project “The Alzo’s Giant,” about the 7 foot 11 inch tall Mikel Jokin Eleizegi Arteaga, born in a humble Basque hamlet in 1818. “Giant” explores “people’s need to create and believe in myths,” says Garano. Basque companies Irosoin and Moriarti produce.
Courtesy of Jon Garano, Jose Mari Goenaga
With Fernando Leon, whose “A Perfect Day” plays at Directors’ Fortnight, and Lopez Riera, Garrido is one of three Spaniards selected for Cannes 2015. “Victor XX,” his graduation short, again made at the ESCAC, screens in competition at the Cannes film school Cinefondation. It centers on a transexual boy who lives in a Southern Spanish fishing village. Garrido’s next project: TV series “Queer,” about young lesbians living in Barcelona, a dramedy channeling “Broad City,” and “Shameless.”
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Josecho De Linares
An alum of premier Spanish film school ESCAC, Linares participated in the Escanadlo-produced 13-part love story “Puzzled Love.” “My Right Eye,” his graduation short turning on a grandson-grandmother relationship, has proved one of the most internationally prized shorts in ESCAC’s history. Currently shooting “Fading Out,” “a portrait of Spain’s thirty-something generation that grew up with a promising future, is highly educated, and then faded out.”
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Elena Lopez Riera
A filmmaker and Geneva U tutor, Lopez Riera’s short “Pueblo,” a shattering depiction of youth facing economic downturn in Spain set against a background of religious processions, has made 2015’ Cannes Directors’ Fortnight cut. A member of art collective lacasinegra, Riera co-directed experimental “Pas a Geneve,” aims to make a Spanish coast “road movie on the Spanish shoreline, crossing the ruins of the crisis, half-built and abandoned airports, housing states. … It would be inspired in Juan Rulfo’s tale, “Talpa,” she announces.
Courtesy of Elena Lopez Riera
An acclaimed shorts and commercials helmer, Zubillaga mixes a visually dry, precise style which matches genre tropes. Multi-prized for shorts “La casa del lago,” “Killing Time” and “She’s Lost Control.” Shooting feature debut “The Glass Coffin”), a puzzling story about an apparently exemplary man suffering atrocious harassment. “The purpose is to prove that hell fits into a limousine,” Zubillaga says enigmatically.