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Scooping up two awaited Spanish titles, Madrid-based Imagina International Sales has closed world sales rights to the Sony-distribbed “Who Killed Bambi?”, the latest film from “The Orphanage” producer Rodar y Rodar, as well as Fernando Franco’s “The Wound,” the only debut film in competition at the fast-approaching San Sebastian Festival.
A Nov. 17 Sony Pictures Espana release in Spain, “Bambi” receives a Toronto market screening. Toplining Ernesto Alterio (“Clandestine Childhood”), Quim Gutierrez (“Dark Blue Almost Black”) and Clara Lago (“Fin”), “Bambi” is a bungled kidnap comedy helmed by Santi Amodeo, director of two quirky mid-decade dramas — “Astronauts” and “Doghead” — that is loosely inspired by Mexico’s “Matando Cabos.”
Imagina sales director Geraldine Gonard describes it as a dark screwball comedy. “Bambi” marks “a move towards the mainstream” for Amodeo, per Rodar producer Joaquin Padro.
In “The Wound,” Franco delivers an intimate portrait of a woman battling a borderline personality disorder. »
- John Hopewell
The Hidden Face (Spanish: La cara oculta), 2011.
Directed by Andrés Baiz.
A Spanish orchestra conductor deals with the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend.
Trailers revealing too much in general is nothing new, but some go one step further and divulge a plot point or character trajectory so fundamental to your enjoyment of the film that you’re robbed of all surprise and discovery. The Hidden Face comes saddled with such a trailer, and while one should always remain sympathetic to the plight of any Spanish-language film that doesn’t come with Guillermo Del Toro’s stamp of approval, this is certainly one example of the less you know, the better.
We’re first introduced to Adrián (Quim Gutiérrez), and we watch as he looks despondently into the viewfinder of a digital camera - the recording is of his now ex-girlfriend, Belén »
- Flickering Myth
2 items from 2013
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