EXCLUSIVE: First film under the StudioCanal-Ombra Films banner gets under way; Oscar Faura to DoP; production to shoot in France, Barcelona and Canada.

Jorge Dorado’s debut feature Mindscape, about a man able to enter peoples’ memories, will star Mark Strong, Brian Cox and Taissa Farmiga.

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StudioCanal is financing and is also handling international sales. Warner Brothers is distributing in Spain.

The thriller, as previously announced, is being produced by Unknown director Collet-Serra and partner Juan Solá under their Ombra Films banner, the production outfit formed by the duo and StudioCanal with the aim of generating English-language thrillers and horrors from Spanish talent.

Peter Safran (Buried) Antena 3 Films are also producing in association with Roxbury Pictures. Cnal + and Televisió de Catalunya.

Dorado received Goya nominations for his short La Guerra and documentary short Nuevos Tiempos. Oscar Faura (The Impossible, The Orphanage) is director of photography.

Mindscape follows a a man with the ability to enter peoples’ memories who takes on the case of a brilliant but troubled and dangerous teenage girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma. 

StudioCanal’s Olivier Courson said: ”We are delighted to see the first film out of Ombra starting to shoot. We strongly believe in our partnership with Jaume Collet-Serra, a very talented director and producer.”

Collet-Serra added: “It’s truly exciting to be producing our first film with StudioCanal and such an incredible group of artists. I’m looking forward to a successful partnership.”