Santi Amodeo termina le riprese di @Las_Gentiles
- Il cineasta spagnolo stava girando da febbraio il suo sesto film, che racconta come i giovani di oggi affrontano la realtà attraverso i social network
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After having kicked off on 22 February, and after five weeks of principal photography on location in Seville, Mairena de Aljarafe and Punta Umbría (Huelva), Santi Amodeo wrapped the shoot for his new feature @Las_Gentiles (lit. "@The_Nice_Girls") a few days ago. It stars first-time actresses África de la Cruz and Paula Díaz, who respectively breathe life into the characters of Ana and Corrales, two 17-year-old girls who pour every aspect of their lives onto social networks, where reality and fantasy often blur and intermingle. The cast is rounded off by Beatriz Cotobal, Olga Navalón, Lola Buero, Teresa Cruz, Rafa Vera and Alva Inger. The actors were chosen through a casting session that saw more than 200 hopefuls take part, because in his own words, the director was looking to make “a hyperrealistic film, branded similar to YouTube, albeit at times steeped in that pop, or even arty, feel that’s par for the course on Instagram or TikTok”.
Amodeo also stated, “Notwithstanding the strict protocols, which were actually quite logical, given the circumstances, the shoot went pretty smoothly and was even a joyful experience in a way, as strange as that may sound, because of the topic of the movie and because of the catastrophic times we are living through.” The man behind The Pilgrim Factor (together with Alberto Rodríguez) and Astronauts, as well as the more recent titles ¿Quién mató a Bambi? [+leggi anche:
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The helmer, who also penned the movie’s screenplay in tandem with Rafa Cobos (Marshland [+leggi anche:
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“A few years ago, some Welsh teenagers who had hooked up via the internet committed suicide in a short space of time, all in the same manner. Apparently, they were just normal kids, judging by the photos and comments that they posted on their pages, apart from the fact that suicide cropped up too frequently in their chats,” Amodeo notes. “My idea with @Las_Gentiles is to make something akin to Bridget Jones’s Diary meets The Virgin Suicides.”
@Las_Gentiles is being produced by Las Gentiles Película IAE, with the involvement of Canal Sur and with funding coming from the Andalusian regional government. Its distribution will be handled by Alfa Pictures, and it is slated for release in autumn this year.
(Tradotto dallo spagnolo)
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