Zip Films drawn to ‘Wife’

Partizan, Cargo co-produce romantic drama

MADRID — Barcelona’s Zip Films has boarded romantic drama “The Anarchist’s Wife,” a co-production with Munich’s Partizan and Paris-based Cargo.

Spanish actor Juan Diego Botto is in talks to star. Film also toplines Germany’s Nina Hoss and France’s Jean-Marc Barr.

A directorial two-hander from Partizan owner Peter Sehr and Marino Noelle, “Wife” plays off the experiences of Noelle’s grandparents. An anarchist, his grandfather fought in Madrid against Francisco Franco’s Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War. He was deported to a concentration camp, then fought for the French resistance. His wife, with two small children, never gave up hope of seeing him again, however.

Pic will shoot in Spain, France and Germany, rolling in the spring. Budget is just north of E5 million ($6.5 million). It received $500,000 in funding from Bavaria’s FFF Bayern last May and has further support from the NRW film fund in Germany, France’s Rhones-Alpes fund, broadcaster Arte and the French-German co-production fund.

“Anarchist’s Wife” broadens the range of productions at Jordi Rediu and Norbert Llaras’ Zip, which has made its name as one of Barcelona’s edgier young shingles thanks to Jo Sol’s “The Taxi Thief” and Thomas Dunn’s serial killer thriller “The Ungodly,” with Wes Bentley.

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