Warner Bros Pictures has wrapped shooting on its first soloSpanish production, Manuel Gomez Pereira's Reinas.
The Euros 4.5m filmheadlines a star-studded ensemble cast in a comedy turning on the first gaywedding in Spain.
Reinas is the first100% Warner production since the company opened its local production arm inSpain with plans to produce, co-produce or acquire some 20-plus films in fiveyears.
It has also participated in actor-turned-director PabloCarbonell's Tuna And Chocolate (Atun Y Chocolate) and two films now in post-production: AntonioHernandez's Oculto andBenito Zambrano's Havana Blues.
Beyond Spain, the company has also kept distribution rightsin the UK on Havana Blues and in Italyon Reinas. Fortissimo is handling sales for the rest of the world.
Reinas (literally, Queens) tackles a timely subject considering the newSocialist government in Spain is working to legalise gay marriage.
"We start from stories we find around us, which isgood because it makes the film opportune but not opportunistic," directorGomez Pereira told ScreenDaily.com fromthe Madrid set last week. "The idea was originated two years ago," headds, when scriptwriters Joaquin Oristrell and Yolanda Garcia Serrano proposedit to Warner.
Marisa Paredes, Carmen Maura, Mercedes Sampietro, VeronicaForque and Bettiana Blum star across up-and-coming young actors like UnaxUgalde and Gustavo Salmeron as the mothers (and the real queens of the title),each grappling in her own way with her gay son's wedding plans.
The move comes as Warner ramps up its production of local features in Europe; in France, the company is just about to release Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement.