Spanish film-maker tackles invisible legacy in book

Thu May 5, 2011 7:09am EDT
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By Martin Roberts

MADRID (Reuters) - Having children spurred Spanish award-winning director and script-writer Julia Montejo to turn her hand to literature and she has just published her second novel with a third one on the way.

"I've been far more productive since I've had two kids, maybe because I'm scared of all the talk that, oh, now you're a mother you've stopped dead," Montejo told Reuters from her Madrid home.

"I haven't stopped work at all. I've written for television, I've got two novels out, there's the Fox deal and my university teaching," she added, referring to an agreement to film her script "Heart for Auction" with Twentieth Century Fox, a unit of News Corp.

Heart deals with a young woman eager to study and escape a poor background in which her friends' aspirations are limited to being footballers' girlfriends.

She takes the desperate step of putting her virginity up for auction on a game show fighting for ratings.

"It's a film about sex, without sex. She would go to any lengths on television, which I think is very topical," Montejo said.


Montejo lived in the United States for eight years, during which she wrote and directed U.S.-Spanish production "No Turning Back" in 2001, which won best independent Latino picture at the ALMA awards, a Latino version of the Oscars.   Continued...