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Cell 211 producers move on to Invasor

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Cell 211 producers move on to Invasor

The team of producers behind hit Cell 211 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Daniel Monzón
film profile
]
(whose box office takings have increased by 142% this week, boosted by its triumph at the Goyas - see news) already have a new project underway. Morena Films’ Juan Gordon, and Vaca Films’ Emma Lustres and Borja Pena are currently working on pre-production for Invasor, to be directed by Daniel Calparsoro.

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Like Daniel Monzón’s hit, the film is an ambitious (although with a modest budget of €3.5m) blend of suspense, action and drama. The similarities with Cell 211 don’t end there, for, as Lustres has confirmed, they will try to use the same financing formula, including one or more international co-producers, a top-level sales agent and co-production support in Spain from a private television network. Invasor, which is adapted from Fernando Marías’ eponymous novel, is expected to start shooting in late 2010 or early 2011.

In recent months, Morena Films has been extremely busy, thanks in part to the success of Cell 211 but above all due to its solid experience. Its producers Álvaro Longoria and Gordon are currently handling numerous projects. The company’s level of involvement in these productions varies a great deal but they are perfectly in keeping with its hallmarks: a focus on quality films with commercial ambition and international openness.

The said projects range from Julio Medem’s sensually lyrical Room in Rome (which will close the forthcoming Malaga Spanish Film Festival - see news) to Icíar Bollaín’s politically-engaged Even the Rain (see news). Other titles include Paco Cabezas’ genre film Neon Flesh; Argentinean director Gustavo Taretto’s debut work Sidewalls; two very different co-productions with Germany’s Egoli Tossell Film: David Pinillos’ romantic comedy Bon Appetit (see news), and an adaptation of classic novel Ivanhoe (with a €24m budget - see news); Medem’s next film Pericles and Aspasia, a mega-production set in ancient Greece; and the aforementioned Invasor.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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