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‘Salvador’ finds leading man

Thesp to play criminal executed by Franco

MADRID — German thesp Daniel Bruehl (“Good Bye, Lenin!”) will topline “Salvador,” the biopic of anarchist, womanizer and small-time bank robber Salvador Puig Antich, the last Spaniard to be garroted under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

His execution in 1974, on a trumped-up charge, sparked Lluis Llach’s famous Spanish protest song “I si canto trist,” as well as demonstrations that presaged the civil unrest that helped accelerate Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy.

Llach will compose the score for “Salvador,” to be directed by Manuel Huerga (“Antartida”) and shot over the summer in Barcelona, Valencia and France. “Salvador” is produced by Mediapro.

Budgeted at E6 million ($7.8 million), pic targets mainstream demos in Spain and international auds.

It is Bruehl’s first Spanish film, but he shouldn’t have trouble getting his tongue around the Spanish and Catalan dialogue, as his mother is Catalan.

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