Filmax announces ‘Fragile’ project

Spanish ghost story will be shot in English

Barcelona-based mini-major Filmax Ent. is using the Cannes Film Fest to unveil one of the biggest Spanish projects of the year, “Fragile,” which will be directed by Spanish scarefare specialist Jaume Balaguero.

An English-lingo pic with an international cast, “Fragile’s” budget will, due to casting and locations, almost certainly be north of Balaguero’s last film “Darkness.” That pic came in at $12 million.

Balaguero (“The Nameless”) is working on the first draft of the screenplay, aiming to shoot in spring 2004 in Spain.

A “contempo ghost story,” says Balaguero, “Fragile” is set at a Victorian hospital on the Isle of Man, off the coast of England.

With the hospital set to close, a nurse is brought in to help transfer the patients to the mainland.

“The title can be taken on various levels: it refers to the hospital, which is on the point of collapse, to the patients, some of whom suffer from a brittle-bone malady, and to the characters’ sentiments,” Balaguero told Variety.

“Fragile” will be unveiled to buyers at Cannes by Filmax senior veep sales and co-productions Antonia Nava. Dimension has picked up “Darkness” for English-lingo territories

Balaguero’s Spanish-lingo debut, the psychological chiller “Los sin nombre,” also attracted wide sales.

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