Koldo Serra at the helm of international coproduction Guernika
by Sergio Ríos Pérez
- The Basque director’s second feature film, for which filming will take place in the second half of 2014, is a coproduction between Spain and Germany, with the United States, Belgium and Britain
Basque director Koldo Serra is getting ready for his next international coproduction Guernika [+see also:
film profile], produced by Spain and Germany, with the participation of the United States, Belgium and Britain. Filming is set to take place during the second half of 2014 and executive pre-production will start towards the end of this year. British sales company Stealth Media Group started presales during this year’s edition of the European Film Market at the Berlinale.
The screenplay, by Carlos Clavijo e Barney Cohen, tells a story set in Bilbao at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. The main character is Henry, an American correspondent, known for his talent and his constant search for truth. Henry has recently become cynical and opportunistic though, only interested in his image and his prestige.
As he follows the republican side of the fight, he meets young and idealistic Teresa. She is familiar with his old work and accuses him of having let himself go and lost his passion. A great love story is born between the two, as the world around them falls to pieces, up until the bombing of Guernica on 26 April 1937.
Guernika will be filmed in English, with some members of the cast yet to be selected. Jose Alba, Carlos Clavijo and Enrique Garcia are the producers for Pecado Films, Travis Produce and Silverspace, with Michael Cowan as executive producer. The film has already received support from the ICAA and from Basque television channel ETB.
(Translated from Spanish)