Miguel Ángel Vivas about to wrap Asedio
- The shoot for the new film by the Spanish helmer has finished in Madrid; the Natalia de Molina-starrer is being produced by Enrique López Lavigne
After it got under way on 11 October, 18 November marked the end of the shoot in the Spanish capital for Asedio (lit. “Siege”), the new film by Miguel Ángel Vivas (the director of titles such as Kidnapped [+see also:
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After filming Your Son [+see also:
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Basing her work on an original idea by Vivas and José Rodrigo, and inspired by real events, Valladolid-born Marta Medina (a screenwriter and film critic, who trained at the ECAM and whose project Laponia, about the desertion of Spain’s rural areas, has been selected for the third Residency organised by the Spanish Film Academy) has been entrusted to pen the script for Asedio. The winner of two Goya Awards (for Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed [+see also:
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The synopsis describes how, during an eviction, Dani gets caught up in a plot involving police corruption, and she subsequently realises that the only person who can help her is Nasha, the illegal immigrant she has just thrown out of her house, as well as her son, Little. Both women will have to join forces to overcome their differences, facing a corrupt system head-on, when they are besieged in the building that the police have come to clear. And so, as they try to survive, they will have to reevaluate who they are and who they would actually like to be in reality.
Asedio is an Apache Films production with the involvement of RTVE and Prime Video, in conjunction with Sony Pictures International Productions, and it is being co-produced by México City Project. Its release in Spanish theatres is slated for 2022, distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment Iberia. After that, the movie will be available to view on the Prime Video platform.
(Translated from Spanish)
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