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Penelope Cruz, Julio Medem Team on ‘Ma ma’

Spanish-language woman's drama shoots this spring in Spain

PARIS – Penelope Cruz will topline and co-produce “Ma ma,” the next film by one of Spain’s most prominent auteurs, L.A.-based Spanish director Julio Medem (“Sex and Lucia,” “Room in Rome”).

An intimate woman’s drama, laced by moments of comedy, “Ma ma” turns on Magda, a woman who reacts valiantly to tragedy, digging deep into her interior. “She and those in her intimate circle will live unsuspected scenes of humor and of delicate happiness,” a press release announced Tuesday.

Though Medem is now based out of Los Angeles, “Ma ma” will shoot entirely in Spain in Spanish this spring. It will co-star Luis Tosar (“Miami Vice”) and Asier Exteandia (“Broken Embraces”). Medem will co-produce. Madrid-based Morena Films, one of Spain’s still active significant production houses that has recently opened L.A. offices, will associate produce. Alvaro Longoria, producer of Medem’s “Room in Rome,” will produce out of Spain.

Oscar-nominated for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Kite Runner” and ”The Constant Gardener,” fellow Basque Alberto Iglesias will compose the score for “Ma ma.”

Emilinao de Pablos contributed to this report

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