A pick of projects and pics in production. Sales agent, if attached, in bold:
25 CARATS (Iconica/Ovideo)
Petty femme thief and middle-aged loser plan jewel heist. With Veronica Echegui. Pre-production. DeAPlaneta
THE ANARCHIST’S WIVES (P’Artisan/Boissiere/Zip)
Husband (Juan Diego Botto) and wife (Maria Valverde) fight Franco and fate in Spanish Civil War. Talented Euro cast. Peter Sehr and Marie Noelle direct. Post. Bavaria
THE APPEARED (Morena, Jaleo, Oberon/Pensa & Rocca)
Siblings terrorized by an Argentine Junta victim ghouls. Chiller-road movie with political point and a twist.
THE ARGENTINE (Guerrilla/Telecinco/Morena)
Che Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) in Cuba. The first part of Steven Soderbergh’s . Spanish-language diptych. Shooting. Wild Bunch
A TRAM IN SP (Tusitala/Mundo Ficcion)
An aged brother and sister welcome a squatter. Touching vision of the dreams of old age from first-time Aitzol Aramaio, with Daniel Bruehl. Shooting.
BARBYKILLER (Mediapro/Warner Bros./Ensueno)
College slasher spoof. Home-turf potential. Post.
BEFORE THE FALL (Green Moon/Maestranza/Pentagrama)
Former wastrel protects his infant nephews and nieces as a meteorite hurtles toward Earth. Striking Antonio Banderas-produced sci-fi redemption fable. Worth tracking.
CANCIONES DE AMOR EN LOLITA’S CLUB (CTV/Trivision)
Eduardo Noriega (“Open Your Eyes”) plays twins competing for a prostitute (Flora Martinez, “Rosario Tijeras”). Sybaritic outcasts meller from Vicente Aranda (“Mad Love”).
LA CASA DE MI PADRE (Monfort/Media/Videntia/Mosca)
Topnotch young cast — Juan Jose Ballesta and Veronica Echegui — in Basque-set family drama. First-timer Gorka Merchan helms. Post.
CATALINA (Voz Audiovisual)
The tribulations of a young woman painter. Intimist, and affecting. From Galicia’s bright young hope, Mario Iglesias. Post.
CELL 211 (Vaca/Telecinco)
Following hit “Kovak Box,” screenwriter Jorge Guerricaechevarria and helmer Daniel Monzon reteam on a gritty prison thriller.
CHICO AND RITA (Magic Light/Estudios Mariscal/Fernando Trueba)
Fernando Trueba’s animation bow, teaming with Javier Mariscal. A sexual romancer featuring top Latin jazz artists recreates the scenes and sounds of 1948 Cuban jazz and New York bebop. A potential adult toon standout.
LA CONJURA DEL ESCORIAL (Mascara/Rheingold/Settina/MGN)
Escorial skullduggery under Philip II with Julia Ormond and Jason Isaacs. Antonio del Real helms. Shooting.
DAWSON ISLAND 10 (Aquelarre/Azul/VPC Cinemavideo)
Reminiscences of Salvador Allende collaborators, confined on Dawson Island after Pinochet’s coup. From vet Miguel Littin.
DON’T ASK ME TO KISS YOU BECAUSE I WILL (Rodar y Rodar)
Directorial deb of Barcelona playwright Albert Espinosa, adapting his mentally handicapped-themed stage hit. Shooting. Rodar y Rodar
DON’T SAY ANYTHING (Mediapro)
Barbed high-school slasher. Tube possibilities abroad. Mediapro
THE EMPTY NEST (BDCine/Wanda/Paradis/Classic)
Another droll family comedy from Argentina’s Daniel Burman — but focusing on parents, not offspring. Prime fest fare. Shooting August.
Man starts up suicide business. Capitalism satire from Jo Sol (“Tax Thief”). Pre-production.
FERMAT’S ROOM (Notro/Bocaboca)
Four mathematicians square up to a number-crunching, life-saving mission in Federico Luppi-starring suspenser. Post. Notro
FLASH, EL AMIGO DE LAS CHICAS (Telespan 2000/Estudios Picasso)
First feature, an haute cuisine screwball comedy, from Borja Cobeaga, Oscar-nommed for short “Eramos pocos.” Rolls fall.
FLORES DE LUNA (Atalanta)
Morocco-Spain immigrant drama from social outcasts specialist Juan Vicente Cordoba (“A golpes”). Post.
THE FROST (Alta Realitat/Frost Media/Gota)
Couple seeks absolution after son’s death. Serious, emotional fare from Ferran Audi, toplining Ulrich Thomsen. Shoots March.
GARBO, THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD (Ikiru/Centuria/Colose)
A potentially standout, high-end docu thriller on celebrated double agent. Ready winter 2007.
GENTE DE MALA CALIDAD (Telecinco/Telespan 2000)
Juan Cavestany’s gently caustic comedy on smaller-city life. Post.
LOS GIRASOLES CIEGOS (Sogecine/A Modino/EOPC)
Carnal priest pursues Civil War widow (Maribel Verdu) in 1940-set tragedy. From Jose Luis Cuerda, who scored with the same-period “Butterfly Wings.” Sogepaq
Steven Soderbergh’s second Che pic, as he attempts revolution in Bolivia. Shooting. Wild Bunch
THE HANGED MAN (El Amigo de Lenon/Subotica/Ovideo)
Teen sexual and emotional initiation from standout social satirist Manuel Gomez Pereira. But this one’s a drama. Rolls Oct. 29.
THE HAIRY TOOTH FAIRY 2 (Filmax/Patagonik)
B.O. hit sequel, about a sugar tooth rodent. Filmax
IO, DON GIOVANNI (Rocabruno/Edelweiss/Wega/Content & More)
Carlos Saura melds reality and fiction in bio of Italo hell-rake and Mozart librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. Lolafilms
Five- to seven-film collection about Latin American freedom fighters from topnotch Latam auteurs. RTVE’s most ambitious film project to date. Wanda
LIVERPOOL (Eddie Saeta/4L/Slot Machine/Fortuna/ Black Forest)
Argentine Lisandro Alonso’s next: A merchant sailor returns to his native Tierra del Fuego. Expect studied slice-of-life minimalism. Post.
LOVE ME (NadaMusic/Iroko/Quiereme/Infinity/Kompel/Exponencial)
Argentine cook finally confronts family responsibilities.
EL MAL AJENO (Sogecine/Himenoptero)
Oskar Santos’ doctors drama, godfathered by Alejandro Amenabar, written by Daniel Sanchez Arevalo (“DarkBlueAlmostBlack”) and toplining Belen Rueda (“The Sea Inside”). A key 2008 debut.
MANOLETE (Iberoamericana/Quinta/Future/Manolete Productions/Pierce Williams)
Gangling Spanish bullfighter Manolete (Adrien Brody) meets feisty thesp (Penelope Cruz). From Menno Meyjes. Early 2008 bow. Handmade
MISSING LYNX: PAWS ON THE RUN (YaYa!/Kandor Graphics/Perro Verde)
Animals escape from batty billionaire’s doomsday Noah’s Ark. Co-directed by Spanish Hollywood vet Raul Garcia, a high-profile tooner. 6 Sales
MORTADELO & FILEMON: MISION: SALVAR LA TIERRA (On/Ensueno)
$13 million bumbling spies comicbook adaptation. Big Spanish B.O. hope. Opens early 2008. 6 Sales
LA MULA (Gheko)
A decade after “Il Postino,” Michael Radford’s Spanish-language coming-of-age Civil War dramedy. Lensing skedded Jan. Capricorn
LA MUJER RUBIA (El Deseo)
A woman worries she’s unwittingly knocked over a man in a car accident. Social allegory from Lucrecia Martel (“La nina santa”). Shooting.
MY LIFE IN RUINS (26 Films/KanZaman)
Romantic comedy stars Nia Vardalos as hapless and loveless Greek tourist guide. Donald Petrie (“Miss Congeniality”) directs. Shooting Ciudad de la Luz. Echo Bridge
NEGRO BUENOS AIRES (Zip)
Buenos Aires-set antiglobalization parable from Ramon Termens (“Youth”). Zip Vision
Francoist newsreel chiller. Admired genre maverick Elio Quiroga’s follow-up to “The Dark Hour.” Post.
NUNCA TE OLVIDAREMOS (Tornasol)
Next from Chilean Andres Wood, whose “Machuca” sold worldwide. Post. Latido
OPEN GRAVES (Manufacturas/Abra/Grand Illusions)
Surfers discover satanic board game. Players include Eliza Dushku and Mike Vogel (“Poseidon”). Post. Manufacturas Audiovisuales
OXFORD MURDERS (Tornasol/La Fabrique du Films/Free House/Future/Telecinco)
Serial killer taunts august Oxford tutor of logic. Elijah Wood, John Hurt and Leonor Watling. Alex de la Iglesia’s upscale mainstream move. ThinkFilm
PEDRO PARAMO (Sogecine/Aiete-Ariane/Take/Canana)
Gael Garcia Bernal plays the cacique as Mateo Gil (“Nobody Knows Anybody”) takes on this milestone of Latin American literature. A prestige Spanish-language project. Sogepaq
PLANET ONE (Ilion/Handmade)
1950s-ish alien-planet comedy penned by Joe Stillman (“Shrek”), animated in Spain. Ambitious (around $50 million), charming, and large sales potential. Handmade
THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ISLAND (Morena/Mandarin)
Cloning dystopia drama, helmed by French novelist Michel Houellebecq. Dreamachine
RAMIREZ (Goyanes/Albert Arriza)
A psychological portrait of a serial killer, from first-time helmer Albert Arriza. KWA
LA ROLDANA (Maestranza)
Revisionist bio of Sevillian woman sculptor. Laura Mana attached to direct.
SALT OF THIS SEA (JBA/Clarity/Thelma/Louverture/Mediapro)
Mideast romantic drama deb of multi-prized filmmaker Annemarie Jacir. Post.
SANTOS (Drive/Sobras/Telecinco Cinema/BVI)
$6.4 million superhero spoof from Chilean Nicolas Lopez, who dabbled with high school dork fest “Promedio rojo.” A big Latin American project attracting sales interest. Imagina
THE SANDMAN (Iroko/Siete Sillas/Adivina)
Psychiatric war-set romancer with Maria Valverde (“Melissa P.”) from promising first-timer Jose Manuel Gonzalez-Berbel. Bows November. Sony Pictures
THE SCARED BREAST (Wanda/Oberon/Vela)
Girl suffers a rare disease: inherited fear. Sophomore feature — and another study of young womanhood — from Claudia Llosa (“Madeinusa”). Shoots early 2008.
SOLO QUIERO CAMINAR (Drive)
Agustin Diaz Yanes (“Alatriste”) enrolls top notch femme cast — Ariadna Gil, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Victoria Abril — as small-time thieves hit on by the mob in Mexico D.F. Shoots February.
SPIRIT OF THE FOREST (Dygra)
Endangered woodland copse-set sequel to European breakout toon pic “The Living Forest.” Fantastic Films Intl.
SPLEEN (Perro Verde/Iroko)
“After Hours”-ish nightlong romantic comedy with Luis Tosar (“Miami Vice”) as a bohemian loser falling for a Russian prostitute. Promising. 6 Sales
STONES OF DAVID (KanZaman/Ashtarte)
$11 million Palestine-Israel contempo motherhood drama. “City of God” co-
director Katia Lund helms. Pre-production. KanZaman
LA TIERRA CLASICA (Eddie Saeta/Andergraun)
Albert Serra (“Honor de Cavalleria”) returns to revisionism, recounting the tale of the Four (sic) Kings of the Orient. Eddie Saeta
TODOS ESTAMOS INVITADOS (Enrique Cerezo)
Manuel Gutierrez Aragon’s acid study of political and emotional commitment and terrorism. Possibly brouhaha-bound in Spain.
Brad Anderson’s murder embroglio on the Trans-Siberian Express. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer Eduardo Noriega, Kate Mara and Ben Kingsley. Post. Filmax
UNA PALABRA TUYA (Tesela/Filmanova)
Working-class femme buddy movie. Sophomore pic from Angeles Gonzalez Sinde (“Sleeping Luck”). Shoots October.
UNA VIDA EJEMPLAR (Mediapro/Peliculas Pendleton)
Oscar-nommed Javier Fesser leaves comedy for drama in Opus Dei family tale. Shooting.
WOODY ALLEN SPANISH PROJECT (Mediapro/Gravier/Ensueno)
Scarlett Johansson — reportedly, at least — falls for artist Javier Bardem in Barcelona. Penelope Cruz plays the jilted g.f. The most talked-about and paparazzi-stalked film of the year. Post. Mediapro
ZOMBIE WESTERN, THE LEGEND OF THE DARK BUTCHER (Perro Verde/Happy Flyfish)
Puppet zombie oater splatterfest. Out there. Pre-production. 6 Sales