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Michael Radford to shoot La Mula

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UK director Michael Radford, who is currently finishing the principal photography of Flawless, starring Michael Caine and Demi Moore, will shoot his upcoming project, La Mula [+see also:
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(lit. “The Donkey”), in Spain by the end of 2007.

With a cast still to be announced, Radford's Spanish-language film will be based on a novel by Juan Eslava Galán, who is also writing the screenplay. Set in the final months of the Spanish civil war, the film tells story of Juan Castro, a soldier who tries to save a donkey in the middle of the battle field. He looks at the animal as his potential personal contribution to the economic reconstruction of the country once the war is over.

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With a budget of €15m, La Mula will be produced by Gheko Film Sur, a new production company run by Alejandra Frade and advertising director Bruce St Clair, in co-production with Sol Gatti Pascoal from The Bureau, the UK company that had previously backed major European co-production Merry Christmas. International sales will be handled by Capricon Entertainment Ltd.

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