Magazine article Screen International

J.A. Bayona, Arturo Ripstein Join 'The Queen of Spain'

Magazine article Screen International

J.A. Bayona, Arturo Ripstein Join 'The Queen of Spain'

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Directors Arturo Ripstein (La Calle De La Amargura) and Juan Antonio Bayona [pictured] (The Impossible) will step in front of the camera for Fernando Trueba's The Queen Of Spain, his Penelope Cruz-starring sequel to The Girl Of Your Dreams.

It's an acting first for Bayona, having accepted a brief cameo in the shoot that is now taking place in Budapest. Veteran Mexican director Ripstein will play the more sizable role of a fictional film producer, Sam Spiegelman, who wants to shoot a film in 1950s Spain.

Given that The Queen Of Spain is a comedy, but also a love letter to film history, it's only fitting that two auteurs as diverse as Bayona and Ripstein have joined Trueba's cast.

The action is set in 1956, 18 years later in the life of Macarena Granada, the Spanish actress that inspired The Girl Of Your Dreams.

Played by Cruz, this imaginary actress, who flees Nazi Germany at the end of the first film, has become a major Hollywood star and returns to her country to shoot a big American feature. She's given a regal role: Isabella I of Castille. …

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