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‘Cell 211’ team sets next pic

Vaca Films, Morena Films will co-produce 'Invasor'

The team behind helmer Daniel Monzon’s “Cell 211,” which snatched six Goyas including best film and director at the Spanish Academy Awards on Sunday, have set up their next project.

Emma Lustres and Borja Pena’s Vaca Films and Juan Gordon’s Morena Films will co-produce “Invasor” with Daniel Calparsoro attached to helm.

Cell 211’s” Goyas haul also included an actor win for Luis Tosar and adapted screenplay laurels for Jorge Guerricaechevarria and Monzon, who based the script on a novel by Francisco Perez Gandul.

“Invasor” shares similarities with “Cell 211.”

Set between Iraq and Spain, “Invasor” adapts the novel of the same name by author-screenwriter Fernando Marias (“Segundo nombre”). Jorge Arenillas is writing the screenplay.

Its storyline, like “Cell 211,” has political issues for those who want to see them but can also be taken as pure entertainment: A Spanish military doctor during the Iraq War survives an Iraqi ambush but kills three innocent civilians in self-defense. Wounded but back in Spain and feted as a hero, he is consumed by guilt.

” ‘Invasor’ deals with human conscience, invasions, state manipulation, but is also a psycho-thriller with large doses of action,” said Lustres.

“Invasor” has a budget of around E3.5 million ($4.8 million), which is above the Spanish norm.

Spanish-language pic will shoot late 2010 early 2011, said Lustres. He aims to frame “Invasor” as an international co-production and tap domestic co-production coin from a Spanish TV station, as well as accessing a sales agent. That tack worked well on “Cell 211.”

Co-produced and promoted by Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of broadcaster Telecinco, “Cell 211” has grossed $15.4 million in Spain, and sold to 19 territories by Paris-based sales agent Films Distribution, including a U.S. pickup by IFC.

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