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Cannes Daily Spotlight 2012: Spanish Cinema

Edinburgh-based Ferreras took animated feature and adapted screenplay at the Spanish Academy’s 2012 Goyas with hand-drawn feature debut “Wrinkles,” a senior citizen dramedy about Alzheimer’s, which, repped by 6 Sales, is sparking major territory sales abroad. Now developing an “ambitious and completely international project” that targets adult auds.


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Salamanca-born screenwriter Khraiche penned “Bunker,” the breakthrough soph pic of Colombian helmer Andi Baiz (“Satanas”). Also wrote the third feature by Manuel Carballo, “The Returned,” an English-language zombie movie produced by Filmax’s Castelao Prods. Helmed Goya-nommed short “Machu Picchu.” Now developing his feature debut, “Orbita,” a “drama with sci-fi touches,” produced by Dynamo Capital in association with Cactus Flower.


Born in Madrid, trained in L.A. and New York, Mendez now lives in the States. His first short nabbed numerous awards, including Oscar and Slamdance pre-selections and a Directors Guild of America Student Film kudo. Mendez’s feature debut, “Here and There,” co-produced by U.S. shingle Torch Films and Spain’s Aqui y Alli Films, has been selected for Cannes Critics’ Week. ” ‘There’ turns on emigration, but you never see the trip,” says Mendez. Shot in Mexico, “There” received the support of Cinereach and was selected by the Sundance Institute Scripts Lab.


Valencia-born Montoya shot almost a dozen shorts, including “How I Met Your Father,” which nabbed an honorable mention at 2010’s Sundance. Now developing “Don’t Get Married,” his Apatow-esque first feature. Second project, the low-budgeted mid-length feature thriller “Lucas,” may, with minor changes, become the first act of full-length feature. “You have to find new formulas,” Montoya says.


Helmed three shorts, one of them the lauded “El hueco de Tristan Boj.” Godfathered by helmer-producer Montxo Armendariz — whose “Secrets of the Heart” was Oscar-nommed — Ortiz’s first feature, “Chrysalis,” won new director prize at Spain’s Valladolid fest. Soph outing, “a violent, highly savage drama,” turns on “visceral human conflict,” she says.


Alum of Barcelona’s Escac film school Quilez recently worked on the Elle Driver-sold “Painless” as a second-unit director. He’s developing two buzzed-about projects, both in English: a Colombia-set ghost story for Participant Media, Dynamo Capital and Apaches, with Summit inked for domestic, and a sci-fi project set up at Jaume Collet-Serra’s Ombra Films and Roxbury Films. Repped by CAA.


New York-trained and based, Rosete has a large kudos collection following his six shorts. Based on an idea by Luiso Berdejo (“The New Daughter”), the latest, “Voice Over,” was selected for the 2012 Tribeca Fest. Madrid-born, Rosete is in post on “Moses,” a docu about the ups and downs of a homeless San Francisco man, shot over five years. Just signed by WME.


Seasoned short-film helmer Trullols was assistant to the late great Spanish director Luis Garcia Berlanga (“The Executioner”). Works include “Desde la ciudad no se ven las estrellas” and “El barco pirata,” the Spanish Academy’s 2012 short winner. Assistant director or 2nd unit helmer to Spanish auteurs such as Isabel Coixet, Cesc Gay and Jose Luis Cuerda. Currently developing his first feature, “El cometa Haley,” with Spanish thesp Albert San Juan to star.


Catalan helmer of two hot shorts (“La culpa,” “Reaccion”), Victori was mentored by vet director Bigas Luna (“Jamon Jamon”), who has a fine eye for new talent. Prepping first feature “Sleepless,” co-written with one of Spain’s most acclaimed scribes, Alberto Marini (“Sleep Tight”). Pic is a “psycho thriller about a man who tries to uncover a conspiracy but who will die if he falls asleep.” Barcelona’s Oberon Cinematografica produces.


Nommed as 2011 Breakout Composer by the Intl. Film Music Critics Assn., Vidal now lives between his native Madrid and L.A.. Career includes scores for Jaume Balaguero thriller “Sleep Tight,” Joan Cusack starrer “The Raven” and “The Cold Light of Day,” with Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. Vidal was the youngest student ever at Boston’s Berklee College of Music to compose and record a feature score using an 80-piece orchestra. Next projects: Xavier Gens’ “Cold Skin” and Daniel Calparsoro’s “Invasor.”


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