Magazine article Screen International

Spain Focus: Hot Projects, Big-Name Draws

Magazine article Screen International

Spain Focus: Hot Projects, Big-Name Draws

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Dir JA Bayona

A Monster Calls completes Bayona's trilogy exploring motherhood, after The Orphanage and The Impossible. Patrick Ness has adapted his novel about a boy who seeks refuge in a fantasy world. The English-language film, which shot in Spain and the UK, stars Liam Neeson. It is a Spain-US co-production between Apaches Entertainment with Telecinco Cinema, Peliculas La Trini, Participant Media, River Road Entertainment and Lionsgate. Set for release in the autumn, it will be distributed in Spain by Universal Pictures International, in the US by Focus and in the UK via eOne.

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Dir Pablo Berger

Berger's follow-up to Blancanieves again stars Maribel Verdu, this time as a housewife determined to fight the spirit possessing her husband. Set to shoot this year, Abracadabra is a co-production between Spain's Arcadia Motion Pictures and Atresmedia Cine with France's Noodles Production. Sony Pictures Spain has local rights.

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Dir Hugh Hudson

This drama sees Antonio Banderas as the man who discovered the Palaeolithic cave paintings of Altamira, Spain, in the 19th century. The English-language film is a Spanish production for 20th Century Fox and is produced by Morena Films' Lucrecia Botin and Alvaro Longoria, with Andy Paterson of the UK's Sympathetic Ink and Alexandra Lebret of France's Mare Nostrum. Fox plans an April release in Spain.

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Dir Pedro Almodovar

Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte star respectively as the older and younger Julieta, a teacher who wants to get back in touch with her daughter to explain the secrets she has kept for the past 30 years. The film is scheduled to be released locally in March by Warner Bros Spain. Sony Pictures Classics has US rights.



Dir Iciar Bollain

Following their award-wining collaboration on Even The Rain in 2010, director Bollain and UK screenwriter Paul Laverty have reteamed for this story of a spirited young woman who is determined to give hope to her beloved grandfather. A Spain-Germany co-production between Juan Gordon's Morena Films and Match Factory Productions, The Olive Tree will be released by Entertainment One in Spain in May.

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Dir Agustin Diaz Yanes

Diaz Yanes has adapted a short story by Spanish author Arturo Perez-Reverte about an expedition led by conquistadors in the Amazon jungle in the 16th century. …

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