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Spanish based distribution house Filmax International recently released a psychological thriller, titled Son of Cain, this year. Released exclusively in Spain, Son of Cain involves a gifted child with sociopathic tendencies. The film stars José Coronado (El Cuerpo), Julio Manrique (Soldiers of Salamina) and David Solans. Also, this is director Jesús Monllaó first feature and the script was developed from Ignacio García-Valiño's novel, Querido Cain. A trailer for this film has just been released and fans of thrillers can preview this title here. The story deals with a difficult child. Nico (Solans) is confrontational and abusive. He delights in little tortures and in the game of chess. A psychologist is brought in to treat this teenager, but even Julio (Manrique) is outmatched by this intelligent and sadistic young man. Can Nico's burgeoning evil be stopped? Currently, there are no plans to release this title in North America. International film »
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★★★☆☆ Spanish horror The Body (2012) is the entertaining directorial debut from Oriol Paulo, the scribe behind 2010's Julia's Eyes. Opening on a stormy night, we see the white-eyed security guard of a morgue fleeing for his life, only to be hit by a car and end up in hospital, comatose. So the mystery begins. Enter Inspector Jaime Peña (José Coronado), a coffee-swilling chain-smoker who's haunted by his own dark past. He quickly discovers that a body has vanished without a trace, and that the only potential suspect is the dead woman's husband and business partner Álex (Hugo Silva), whom Jaime brings in for questioning.
After these riveting first fifteen minutes we, learn that Álex is indeed the murderer, but there's a twist - he wasn't responsible for the disappearance of the body. For the most part, the film's drama is contained within the setting of the shadowy morgue, accompanied by atmospheric (if hammy) thunder and lightning. »
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The directing duo behind the underrated Carriers, Alex and David Pastor, return for yet another slice of post-apocalyptic horror with The Last Days, which sees a mysterious epidemic known as The Panic spread across the planet – essentially extreme agoraphobia, this new-found irrational fear of open spaces leads to instant death and soon the world’s population remains trapped inside buildings afraid to move. As Barcelona descends into chaos Marc embarks on a citywide quest to search for his pregnant girlfriend Julia without setting foot outside. Teaming up with his hated boss Enrique who was just about to fire him, this means travelling via sewer, subway line, cellars and basements, avoiding opportunistic feral gangs, armed only with a failing Gps device and lots of ingenuity.
Despite differing wildly in subject matter, The Last Days »
- Phil Wheat
Among the myriad of summer blockbusters that invade our screens, Pastor brothers offer us an intelligent end of the world movie, intimate and committed, "The Last Days", featuring Quim Gutiérrez, José Coronado Marta Etur in a Barcelona plagued by a strange epidemic of agoraphobia. Interview with Alex David Pastor, who already directed another apocalyptic movies, "Carriers". Click here to read our interview with Alex David Pastor.2013. A mysterious epidemic spreads across the planet. Humanity develops an irrational fear of open spaces that causes instant death. Soon, the world population is trapped inside buildings. As Barcelona descends into chaos, Marc sets off on a quest to find Julia, his missing girlfriend, without ever going outside. »
Click here to read our french "The Last Days" movie review, directed by Alex Pastor David Pastor with Quim Gutiérrez, José Coronado, Marta Etura starring.2013. A mysterious epidemic spreads across the planet. Humanity develops an irrational fear of open spaces that causes instant death. Soon, the world population is trapped inside buildings. As Barcelona descends into chaos, Marc sets off on a quest to find Julia, his missing girlfriend, without ever going outside. »
The Last Days Trailer 2, Images. David Pastor, Alex Pastor‘s The Last Days / Los últimos días (2013) movie trailer 2, movie pictures stars Leticia Dolera, Marta Etura, Quim Gutiérrez, José Coronado, and Ivan Massagué. The Last Days‘ plot synopsis: “2013. A mysterious epidemic spreads across the planet. Humanity develops an irrational fear of open [...]
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Film4 FrightFest 2013, returning for its 4teenth year, has unveiled its biggest line-up in history. From Thurs 22 August to Monday 26 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square to present 51 films on three screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery strands will play in Empires 2 & 4. The new FrightFest Xtra strand, also in Screen 2, will allow fans to catch up with sold-out performances of the most popular attractions.
This year there are eleven countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-three UK or European premieres and ten world premieres.
The world premieres include our opening night attraction The Dead 2: India from the Ford Brothers, »
Rodar y Rodar's new flim, The Body (El Cuerpo) directed by Oriol Paulo, has found itself some Stateside distribution via Outsider Pictures. Still no word on when we'll be seeing it here, but at least we know that it's coming.
While fleeing in panic, a man is knocked over by a lorry. When the police arrive, they discover that he is the night watchman at a morgue near the site of the accident. When they enter his workplace, they find that one of the bodies, Mayka Villaverde, a society personality, has disappeared from Room 3.
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Daniel Calparsoro’s “Combustion,” Joan Cutrina’s “Alpha” and Santiago Tabernero’s “Inside Love” will screen at next week’s 8th Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings, Spain’s biggest annual international sales market for Spanish titles.
Madrid de Cine inevitably delivers a snapshot of major industry trends in still one of Europe’s biggest markets and production centers.
A high-testosterone action-thriller framed by a passionate love triangle, “Combustion’s” bullish pre-sales, now at 30 international territory deals, underscore the continuing cache of Spanish thrillers and genre films in the international marketplace.
Film Factory will screen “Combustion” at Madrid with a select clutch of major territories still open, including the U.S. and Scandinavia, said CEO Vicente Canales.
Based on Spaniard Clara Sanchez’s novel, fantasy thriller “Inside Love »
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A high-profile Spanish project that’s uneven on every level except technique, the watchable but forgettable “The Last Days” finds helmers Alex and David Pastor failing to deliver on the promise of their 2009 English-language debut, “Carriers.” Also an apocalyptic thriller, but this time set in Spain and shot in Spanish, the pic is overblown where “Carriers” was subtle, and probes far less deeply into the human consequences of living in the bizarre world it depicts. That said, there’s still enough energy and gloss to ensure the pic will play well to undemanding auds, and it’s held its own against higher-profile American offerings in local release. Presales have been brisk.
Barcelona-based project manager Marc (Quim Gutierrez) is struggling to meet his work deadlines, a fact duly noted by Enrique (Jose Coronado, grizzled and charismatic), a hard-nosed troubleshooter brought into the company to clear out deadwood. The film transitions fairly smoothly between these scenes, »
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