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Northern Spain hosts Antonio Banderas period drama

Principal photography is now underway on Altamira, a period feature starring Antonio Banderas directed by Hugh Hudson.

Antonio Banderas in Altamira

The film (pictured above) is a Spanish French co-production: Lucrecia Botin and Alvaro Longoria produce for Morena Films in Spain with Alexandra Lebret on board as co-producer for France’s Mare Nostrum. Andy Paterson (The Railway Man) of the UK’s Sympathetic Ink is also attached to produce, with Laura Bickford executive producing.

The English language production also stars Golshifteh Farahani; Nicholas Farrell; Henry Goodman; Pierre Niney; Clement Sibony; Tristan Ulloa; Irene Escolar; Rupert Everett and Allegra Allen.

With a screenplay by Olivia Hetreed and Jose Luis Lopez-Linares, it tells the true story of nine year-old Maria and her father Marcelino who discovered the now famous pre-historic cave paintings at Altamira. However, the find brought disgrace on the family and the wrath of the Catholic church, who thought that the claim of ten thousand year-old art was an attack on the ‘truth’ of the Bible.

Further enhancing historical accuracy, the film is using many of the real life locations, around Santillana del Mar in Cantabria.

For more on filming in Spain, take a look at our production guide.

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