Lacuesta takes on 'Ava' doc


SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain – Spanish director Isaki Lacuesta ("The Legend of Time") has signed on to direct the documentary "Ava" about film legend Ava Gardner for Turner Classic Movies.

A main focus of the documentary will be the 15-year period Gardner spent in Spain and will include as-yet-unseen footage of the actress from that time.

Announcing the project at the San Sebastian international film festival on Friday, Lacuesta said the production would be in the tradition of TCM's string of documentaries on film legends, such as Richard Schickel's "Spielberg on Spielberg" and "Brando" by directors Mimi Freedman and Leslie Greif on the life and legacy of Marlon Brando.

TCM's U.S. and European channels will co-produce "Ava" with TCM Spain acting as executive producer on the project. Isaki Lacuesta will co-write the screenplay together with Isabel Campo. Shooting is set to begin in early 2008.