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Spain Puts Forth Best Batch of Box Office Hopefuls

Whether projects, movies in production, completed film, market screeners or titles that made the Cannes cut, these are titles from Spain be moved at Cannes and that have varying degrees of international market potential:

Breathless Time
Tornasol Latido
Colombia-Spain revenge drama in which a nurse tracks down a paramilitary man who killed her daughter. Samuel Martin Mateos and Andres Luque helm.

The Chosen
Oberon Cinematografica/Alebrije Cine y Video/Ikiru Films Filmax
Extraordinary fact-based espionage thriller turning on Trotsky’s assassination. Monica Lozano co-produces.

The Clan
K&S Films/Matanza Cine/El Deseo/Fox Intl. Productions/Telefonica Studios Film Factory
Major Argentine auteur Pablo Trapero (“Lion’s Den”) helms ’80s-set, noir abduction thriller chronicling the real-life case of Argentina’s Clan Puccio. Big fall fest plans.

The Corpse of Anna Fritz
Corte y Confeccion de Peliculas/Play Time Movies/A Contraluz/ BNC Produccions/Silendum Film Factory
Tyro Hector Hernandez Vicens directs Spain’s first Cannes Blood Window entry, a mortuary-set survival thriller.

Death of a Fisherman
Tornasol Films Latido
Fishing town procedural from director and producer Gerardo Herrero.

Dirty Wolves
Agallas Films
Latido true-event inspired magic-realist tale, inspired by real events and set in a 1942 wolfram mine in rural Galicia that’s run by the Third Reich.

Girls’ Night Out
Nostromo/ Atresmedia DeAPlaneta
“Bridesmaids” meets “The Hangover” in the Canary Islands as five lifelong friends organize an amazing bachelorette party.

Happy 140
Tornasol Latido Films
Gracia Querejeta, director of Spanish 2013 Oscar foreign-language film submission “15 Years and One Day,” helms story of 40-year-old Elia, who tells friends and family she’s won a jackpot of $150 million.

The Ignorance of Blood
Tornasol Latido
Sevilla-set crime thriller from Manuel Gomez Pereira, starring Juan Diego Botto (“Obaba”) and Paz Vega (“Spanglish”).

In Exchange for Nothing
Telefonica Studios/
El Nino Producciones/La Competencia/La Mirada Oblicua/Ulula Films
Spanish actor Daniel Guzman’s directorial debut and Malaga Fest best picture winner, about a troubled youth in a tough neighborhood.

Isla Bonita
Colomo Producciones Imagina
A seasoned ad agency exec seeks peace and quiet inMinorca. Veteran comedy director Fernando Colomo helms.

The Misfits Club
Bambu Producciones/Atresmedia DeAPlaneta
Adaptation of a hit Spanish teen novel in which 15-year-old Valeria moves to a big city with her separated mum.

Mortadelo and Filemon: Mission Implausible
Zeta Cinema Film Factory
Oscar-nominated Javier Fesser helms 3D animated super-spy spoof, adapting a classic Spanish comicbook from Zeta Cinema.

Muse
Filmax
The latest from “[REC]” co-director Jaume Balaguero, marking his return to English-language filmmaking.

My Bakery in Brooklyn
Bullet Pictures/El Capitan Pictures/La Canica Films/New Bakery Productions Moonrise Pictures
English-language bakery-set comedy with Aimee Teegarden, Ward Horton, Krysta Rodriguez. Spaniard Gustavo Ron (“Mia Sarah”) directs.

My Big Night
Enrique Cerezo Producciones/Telefonica Studios
Film Factory
Alex de la Iglesia returns with a trademark TV studio-set ensemble black comedy.

Off Course
A Parte Producciones/Atresmedia Cine/Telefonica Studios DeAPlaneta
Acclaimed comedy director Nacho Garcia Velilla (“Chef’s Special”) helms Germany-set Spanish immigration tale, which ranks as 2015’s highest-grossing Spanish movie to date.

Palm Trees in the Snow
Atresmedia Cine/Nostromo Pictures Film Factory
A forbidden colonial love story set on the African island of Fernando Po. Fernando Gonzalez Molina (“I Want You”) directs.

A Perfect Day
Mediapro / Reposado Producciones
WestEnd Films
Playing Directors’ Fortnight, Spain’s lone Cannes-selected feature this year is a conflict-zone dramedy set somewhere in the Balkans following a ceasefire. Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko and Melanie Thierry star in the English-language debut of Fernando Leon de Aranoa.

Project Lazarus
Arcadia Motion Pictures/Noodles Production
Dreamcatchers
Mateo Gil (“Blackthorn”) helms terror-tinged sci-fi love story. Tom Hughes, Charlotte Le Bon, Oona Chaplin star.

Retribution
Vaca/Atresmedia/La Ferme! Film Factory
A banker is driving his kids to school when he gets a call from a stranger asking for a €500,000 or their seats will explode.

The Romantic Exiles
Los Ilusos Films
Three friends embark on a trip to Annecy, Toulouse and Paris in a journey that marks, in differing ways, their passage into adulthood. Jonas Trueba’s road movie was a jury award winner at April’s Malaga Spanish Film Festival.

Sidetracked
Morena Film Film Factory
Relationship comedy about six thirtysomethings navigating personal crisis, helmed by Alvaro Fernandez Armero (“The Art of Dying”).

Spy Time
Zeta Cinema
Film Factory
Bumbling spy action-comedy inspired by classic comicbook.

Summer Camp
The Safran Co./Filmax
Virus thriller marking the English-language directorial debut of scribe Alberto Marini.

Sweet Home
Filmax, Film/Produkcja
Filmax Ent.
A brutal survival thriller as Alicia surprises her boyfriend with a romantic dinner in an abandoned building.

To Rob a Thief
Vaca Films/Morena/Telecinco Cinema/K&S/La Ferme! Productions/Telefonica Studios/Fox Intl. Productions Film Factory
Backed by powerful producers, a heist thriller chronicles minute by minute a bank job as it spins out of control. Daniel Calparsoro (“Invader”) directs; Fox has U.S., Latin America, Spain.

Toro
Apaches Ent./Atresmedia Cine/Telefonica Studio
ZircoZine, Escandalo Film Film Factory
Bet to raise the bar on full-bore action thrillers. Kike Maillo (“Eva”) directs, “The Impossible’s” Apaches produces.

Traces of Sandalwood
Pontas Films Imagina
Two sisters, living in Mumbai and Barcelona, meet again after 30 years.

Truman
Imposible Films/BD Cine Filmax Entertainment
Humor-tinged elegy to friendship and love that revolves around a reunion between two childhood friends. Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara star; Cesc Gay (“A Gun in Each Hand”) directs.

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