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Spain’s Luis Minarro Revisits ‘Salome’ Myth as Helmer (EXCLUSIVE)

Barcelona-based arthouse producer's helming follow-up to period drama 'Falling Star'

Luis Minarro, one of Spain’s best-know arthouse film producers, is boarding “Salome,” his second fiction-feature as director, a revisitation of the classic and biblical myth of Salome.

“Salome,” Minarro’s helming follow-up to period drama “Falling Star,” is boarded from an erotic point of view, to which he added political connotations.

Set in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, pic is budgeted under 1.0 million Euro ($1.3 million). “Salome can be filmed everywhere, I only need a desert land and seven-to-eight actors, in a bunkhouse. It is going to be a very symbolic film,” Minarro said.

“Abu Ghraib would have to be a sign of the horrors that humanity should not repeat,” he added.

A first script version has already been written, and producer plans to roll “Salome” in 2016. He’s now looking for international financing partners, mainly in Mexico and Brazil.

Minarro, whose “Falling Star” plays in San Sebastian’s Made in Spain sidebar, also co-produced Naomi Kawase’s “Still the Water,” screening in Pearls section.

Ravaged by economic crisis and a victim of the oblivion of the Spain’s cultural policies on the arthouse filmmaking, Minarro’s Barcelona-based outfit Eddie Saeta has ceased operations after 25 years.

At Eddie Saeta, Minarro produced about 30 films that boast illustrious international recognition: a Cannes Palme d’Or (“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”), Karlovy Vary’s Crystal Globe (“The Mosquito Net”) and a Rotterdam Festival Tiger (“Finisterrae”).

But Minarro continues on the road as a solo filmmaker, and he’s also joined as an associated producer to Daniel Villamediana’s “Cabbale Cannibal,” a feature-length docu-fiction, now editing, produced by Swiss outfit Alina Film.

“’Cabbale Cannibal’ applies for the first film ever the Judeo-Christian Kabbalah to cinema, as a new form to create a virtual memory,” said director Daniel Villamediana.

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