Mandarin, Filmax board ‘Invader’

'Cell 211' producers roll with political thriller

MADRID — Paris-based Mandarin Cinema will co-produce “Invader,” an action-packed political thriller set against the background of the invasion of Iraq, helmed by Daniel Calparsoro (“Asfalto”).

The pic is from the producers of “Cell 211”: Galicia’s Vaca Films and Madrid’s Morena Films.

Filmax Intl. has taken on worldwide sales rights outside Spain and France, and will introduce the film to buyers at this week’s American Film Market.

Alberto Ammann (“Lope”), Antonio de la Torre (“The Last Circus”) and Karra Elejalde (“Even the Rain”) star.

Ammann plays a Spanish army doctor, after an attack in Iraq, which nearly costs him his life. He wakes up in a hospital bed in Spain, suffering from post trauma syndrome. He attempts to piece together what exactly happened to him in Iraq, as Spain’s Ministry of Defense tries to silence him.

Written by Spaniard Fernando Marias, the source novel for “Invader” is more of “a psychological thriller along the lines of ‘Jacob’s Ladder,'” said Vaca’s Borja Pena.

Calparsoro’s film has more of a political twist, but “this isn’t a film about the war in Iraq, it’s about a guy fighting the system, trying to make the truth public,” he added.

“Invader” rolls Nov. 3, shooting in the Canary Islands and Galicia.

Budgeted at around Euros 5 million ($7 million), higher-end for Spain, pic has pre-sold in Spain to pubcasters TVE and Galician pubcaster TVG, plus paybox Canal Plus. It has also pulled down coin from Galicia’s Xunta government.