Lacuesta to helm ‘Ava’ for TCM

Film covers Gardner's years in Spain

SAN SEBASTIAN — TCM has attached left-of-field Catalan filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta (“The Legend of Time”) to direct the documentary “Ava,” about the intense years Ava Gardner lived in Spain and the impact of her presence.

TCM’s U.S. and European channels will co-produce, with TCM Spain exec producing.

“Ava” will include unpublished footage of Gardner in Spain, where she came for the first time in 1950 to shoot with James Mason “Pandora and The Flying Dutchman.” She resided in Madrid for 15 years.

With a screenplay by Lacuesta and Isabel Campo, the shot rolls 2008. “The large challenge is to make a real aesthetic film with the bare bones used for TV celeb magazines,” Lacuesta said Friday in San Sebastian.

Doc follows TCM’s recent docus concerning international film legends such as “Brando,” “Spielberg on Spielberg” or “Val Lewton’s American Horror,” the Martin Scorsese’s vision of classic horror pic producer Val Lewton.

TCM Spain also produced last year “El productor,” Fernando Mendez-Leite’s portrait of Elias Querejeta, and David Trueba and Luis Alegre’s’s “La silla de Fernando,” a 90-minute conversation from the grand old man of Spanish cinema, Fernando Fernan-Gomez.

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