It is a story of love during war and of a stubborn, long-eared, four-legged animal that wanders through the battlefields of Spain's bloody civil war in the 1930s. But the recently released La Mula, or The Mule, is a film without a director, after Britain's Michael Radford refused to add his name to a film that he co-wrote and mostly directed.
Radford, who won a Bafta and was Oscar-nominated for Il Postino, walked away a few days before shooting was due to end. "We thought it would only be a few days and that we would finish the film when he came back, because there was only a week left," said Secun de la Rosa, one of the main actors.
Instead, Radford was replaced by a director with a French accent in a balaclava.