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In 2006, Spain will discover whether size matters. The nation's powerful FAPAE producers association has launched an offensive to persuade the government to raise film tax breaks beyond currently negligible 5% write-offs.
Spain grabbed a 16% B.O. market share in 2005, per Culture Minister stats--its second-best performance since 1984, after 2001's 18%. But producers complain that without better tax breaks, Spain will never become a production hub like the U.K.
Despite a lack of government support, an armada of higher-budget historical pics--several with well-known English-speaking thesps--are planned in the next year:
* Viggo …