VENICE — Alex de la Iglesia, whose “Balada triste de trompeta” (The Last Circus) is one of Venice’s big early-week competition films, will segue from “Circus” to another dramedy genre-blender.
De la Iglesia has talked for a couple of years about making a big-budget adaptation of Belgian comic “The Yellow Mark,” which was set up at France’s La Fabrique and Spain’s Tornasol, the producers of “Circus.”
But, as he said in Venice on Monday, “Every time I talk about a project it doesn’t get made.” So he prefers to be brief in revealing details about the film, which is closer to “Circus” than “Mark.”
However, De la Iglesia said financing is in place and he will shoot the new movie in Spain. Pic goes into production after the promo blitz for “Circus” ends.
Though “terribly dramatic, but appearing a comedy,” the new production resembles Spaniard Antonio Mercero’s 1972 “La cabina,” De la Iglesia said. The absurdist “La cabina” turned on a man stuck in a phone box who never manages to get out.
De la Iglesia will travel from Venice to Toronto, where “Circus” plays as a special presentation, then to Austin and San Sebastian, where he picks up Spain’s National Cinema Prize.
As for “Circus,” which screened Tuesday on the Lido, the 1973-set tale of two circus clown battling to the death for the love of a trampeze artist, “ire and a thirst for revenge leads to destruction,” said De la Iglesia,
According to its makers, “Circus” is “a metaphor of Spain, a doomed and tragic country.”
Genre-blending — “Circus” features “horror, humor and amor,” said its director — De la Iglesia’s films have also punched new heights in spectacle and post-production.
The Spanish screenwriter Rafael “Azcona called his films ‘grotesque tragedies.’ ‘Circus’ is an epic grotesque tragedy whose epic direction just makes it funnier and more tragic. ” De la Iglesia claimed.
“It’s a super-production with ridiculous characters,” he added.