As Lars von Trier’ – the man, “Nymphomaniac,” the media feeding frenzy – hit Berlin Sunday, Zentropa Spain and Zentropa Sweden – two affiliate companies of Von Trier’s European network of production houses, established by his Zentropa production powerhouse – are teaming to produce Jose Skaf’s “Vulcania,” a debut feature thriller tinged with supernatural elements.
Two of Spain’s fastest-rising young thesps, Aura Garrido (“The Body”) and Miquel Fernandez (“The End”), are attached to star.
Based on Diego Soto’s original screenplay, the Spanish-language “Vulcania” is a genre-blending thriller come-intimate drama set in an industrial dystopia from which nobody escapes, said David Matamoros, at Zentropa Spain, its lead producer.
Backed by national pubcaster TVE, Catalonia’s state TV TV3, and the Spanish and Catalan film boards, “Vulcania” rolls in Tarrega-Lleida and the Catalan Pyrenees from May. Swedish regional fund Film I Vast is in talks to board “Vulcania”; international sales rights are under negotiation, Matamoros said.
“Vulcania” follows up Zentropa Spain’s “Tasting Menu,” from Roger Gual. A romantic dramedy set in the world’s best restaurant – Catalonia’s El Bulli – “Menu” was acquired recently by HBO Latin America. It sold to U.S, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Brazil, Korea, among multiple territories.
“Vulcania” was first revealed at Paris’ Small is Biutiful and the Cannes Market.
Garrido was featured by Variety as an International Star You Should Know. She won supporting actress honors for “Plans” at Spain’s Malaga Festival, the country’s biggest showcase for Spanish films, in 2010, then shared its actress plaudit last year for “Stockholm.”
With an extensive background in the theater, Fernandez also co-starred in Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s “Family United.”
A short-filmmaker, Skaf also headed up programming and acquisitions at TCM-Turner Broadcasting in Spain.
Emilio Mayorga contributed to this report