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Spain’s Luiso Berdejo boards ‘Daughter’ for Gold Circle

Remember this name: Luiso Berdejo. Add the name to your mental rolodex. Chances are he is the best next thing in terms of Spanish filmmakers who've got a taste for the darker material and an eye for great designs – his “La Guerra” and “Limoncello” are proof of that. Churning out screeplays and short films (he won the prestigious Silver Méliès in 02' for best fantastic short) since the beginning of this decade, Berdejo who was last prepping the Cannes Atelier project (The Quagmire) has been tapped to direct New Daughter a project to be fully financed by Gold Circle, with international sales handled by Mandate Pictures. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Paul Brooks will produce, and Scott Niemeyer and Norm Waitt will executive produce.

Also on board is Kevin Costner – he is paired with Ivana Baquero (the little girl from The Pan's Labyrinth).  

Adapted by John Travis from a story by John Connolly (2005 short fiction collection “Nocturnes”), Costner will play John James, a single father who moves to a farm with his two kids after a painful divorce. Soon, his daughter (Ivana Baquero of “Pan's Labyrinth”) starts behaving ominously, and Dad begins to suspect that the burial mound in a nearby field might have something to do with it.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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