SAN SEBASTIAN — Spanish producer-director Luis Miñarro (“Stella Cadente”), Venezuela’s Mariana Rondón (“Pelo Malo”), Brazil’s Marcelo Gomes (“Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures”), Portugal’s João Pedro Rodrigues (“To Die Like a Man”) are some of the future directors of “Lorca(s),” an in-the-works high-art TV series made in tribute to the the works, personality and worldview of Andalusian poet and playwright Federico García Lorca.
Producers on board are Basque Country’s Bitart New Media, Catalonia’s Ilusión Óptica, Portugal’s Fantasma Filmes, Brazil’s Misti Produções, Venezuela-Peru’s Sudaca Films, and Chile’s Manufactura de Películas.
All directors involved have won major prizes at main festivals. also on board to direct a segment of “Lorca(s)” is Brazil’s Karim Aïnouz (“Futuro Beach”), American Rose Troche (“Bedrooms and Hallways”), Chile’s Pepa San Martín (“Rara”) and Spain’s Roberto Castón (“Ander”).
“Lorca(s)” is at a development stage, with two episode scripts completed.
With small private funding secured, “Lorca(s)’” creators said they were confident of tapping completion finance from public broadcasters and art-culture channels.
Miñarro — one of the project’s directors– explained that individual projects were not linked to one another. Segments could be adaptations, recreations or reflections about Lorca.
“Lorca is now a universally recognised personality, most especially in some countries such as the U.S., Spain, Mexico and even Japan, where his works are constantly re-published and performed, and where he is an undisputed benchmark of the 20th century avant-garde,” Miñarro told Variety.
Originally a three-chapter feature film project presented at the 2015 Paris co-production forum, Small is Biutiful, “Lorca(s)” has been recast as a TV series of eight 45-50 minute episodes, offering a more plural vision of the huge universal influence of the Spanish artist, executed by Francisco Franco’s regime in August 1936.