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The company will follow up its box-office hit Marshland with the $1.9m production.
Seville-based outfit La Zanfona Producciones is set to produce a futuristic film called Shadow Inside (La Sombra Adentro) and a comedy titled Mi Cadida Cofradia, following the success of Alberto Rodriguez’s thriller Marshland, which took close to $10m in Spain last year and has sold well internationally.
Shadow Inside will be set in 2024 and tell the story of six soldiers who survive a Civil War in Spain and escape to a small village where strange things start to happen.
It will be the feature directing debut of Seville-based director David Sainz, who achieved a cult following with his web series Malviviendo and TV movie Obra 67. Sainz’s company Diffferent (sic) Entertainment will co-produce.
“We are looking to shoot Shadow Inside next year in Seville and the budget will be €1.8m [$1.9m] euros,” Gervasio Iglesias, head of La Zanfona, told ScreenDaily »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Evans)
Sitges– Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier’s L.A.-based Highland Film Group (Hfg) has picked up international rights to “Kidnapped,” Spanish helmer-producer Mar Targarona’s new feature as helmer, which Sony Pictures Releasing will bow in Spain.
“Kidnapped’s” trailer preems at Coming Soon, a sidebar at Catalonia’s 48th Sitges Film Festival which kicked off Friday Oct. 9.
Penned by helmer-scribe Oriol Paulo (“The Body”), “Kidnapped” turns on the mysterious disappearance of a prestigious lawyer’s son. Just a few hours later, the kid turns up with some bruises explaining that a man has tried to kidnap him but he managed to flee. Police capture the thug but the evidence is not enough to arrest him. The lawyer decides to exercise justice of her own but cannot control the consequences
“We thought the story of a mother’s desperate quest for justice for her son was incredibly relatable and »
- Emilio Mayorga
Madrid –Madrid-based Plano a Plano, Spain’s highest-rating indie TV production house, is teaming with French prodco MakingProd, part of the Makever group, to develop “Salazar,” an epic thriller. Based on true events, the historical limited series turns on a real-life, though totally forgotten hero: Inquisitor Alonso de Salazar, called the Witches’ Advocate.
Plano a Plano’s first move into international co-production is an early milestone for the Madrid-based producer, headed by the creative tandem of Cesar Benitez, an experienced, highly-respected producer – of hit comedy features, such as 1995 “Boca a Boca,” starring a young hunky Javier Bardem, pioneering teen soap “Al salir de clase, and long-running cop series “El Comisario” – and seasoned writer-producer Aitor Gabilondo, a scribe on “El comisario” and now creator-writer of Plano a Plano’s door-opening hit “El Principe.”
Few companies in Spain have grown so fast. Founded in 2010, Plano a Plano is already celebrating having produced »
- John Hopewell
A Spanish skullduggery imbroglio, “Mil caras” marks Alberto Rodriguez’s follow-up to noirish serial killer thriller “Marshland,” which ticked multiple boxes over 2014-15 and has now scored nine nominations, including picture, director, screenplay and actor (Javier Gutierrez) at next week’s Platino Ibero-American Film Awards.
A jury prize and best actor (Gutierrez) at last September’s San Sebastian, “Marshland” swept this year’s Goya Awards, was a Spanish box office hit €7.5 million ($8.25 million) for Warner Bros. and has sold to every major territory abroad, including the U.S. in a recently announced deal with Outsider Pictures’ Todo Cine Latino (Tcl). Gutierrez now faces off for a best actor Platino Award.
In another sign of a “Marshland’s” success, »
- John Hopewell
Film Factory Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to “The Invisible Guest” and will introduce it to buyers at Cannes.
With principal photography scheduled for September, Warner Bros. will release “Guest” in Spain in 2016.
Think Studio (“Three Many Weddings”), Atresmedia Cine (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “Marshland”), Nostromo Pictures (“Buried”) and Colose Producciones produce.
Also written by Paulo, “The Invisible Guest” turns on a young businessman who wakes up in a hotel room locked from the inside with the dead body of his lover next to him. He hires a prestigious lawyer, and over one »
- John Hopewell
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