Almodovar to co-produce 'El Patio'

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MADRID -- Pedro Almodovar's production label El Deseo said Monday that it will co-produce Belen Macias' feature debut "El Patio de mi Carcel" with Warner Bros. Entertainment Spain.

The €3 million ($4.3 million) production will start shooting Monday for eight weeks in Madrid and the Guadalajara Prison. Warner Bros. will handle distribution for the film in Spain, with Pathe taking on international sales duties.

Starring Candela Pena ("Princesses") and Veronica Echegui ("Yo Soy La Juani"), Macias' debut focuses on women's lives behind bars and the prison guard who gives them hope.

Macias' 2000 short film "The Puzzle" reaped accolades abroad and earned a nomination for the Spanish film academy's Goya Award.
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