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AFM: Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy top ‘Cry/Fly’

Melanie Laurent also in talks to star in English-language debut of Claudia Llosa

Jennifer Connelly and “Inception” star Cillian Murphy are set to topline “Cry/Fly,” the English-language debut of one of Latin America’s fastest-rising femme helmer-scribes, Claudia Llosa.

France’s Melanie Laurent, who appeared in “Inglourious Basterds,” is in advanced negotiations to co-star as a French journalist.

Set in Minnesota and northern Canada over two time periods, “Cry/Fly” tells the story of a mother (Connelly) whose six-year-old daughter is terminally ill. A dramatic event separates the mother from her sick daughter and falcon-keeper son, and 20 years later, the son is persuaded by a journalist to embark on a search for his now-famous mother.

Sold by Spain’s Dreamcatchers, “Cry/Fly” is produced by Mark Johnson, and Spain’s Jose Maria Morales and Ibon Cormenzana.

“Cry/Fly” begins shooting in February.

Llosa’s sophomore picture, 2009’s “The Milk of Sorrow,” won the Berlin Festival’s Golden Bear and was nominated for an Oscar.

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Also handling international sales on “Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box” and Spain’s Oscar entry “Blancanieves,” Dreamcatchers will launch sales on “Cry/Fly” at the AFM.

Connelly is repped by CAA and The Schiff Company, Murphy and Laurent by CAA.

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