Magazine article Variety

Vigalondo Makes 'Colossal' Bow

Magazine article Variety

Vigalondo Makes 'Colossal' Bow

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"COLOSSAL," THE FANTASY thriller starring Anne Hathaway that had its world premiere Friday at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, is Spanish sci-fiauteur Nacho Vigalondo's most ambitious film to date.

Vigalondo made his mark with Oscar-nominated short "7.35 in the Morning," and went on to direct three cult features - "Timecrimes" (2007), sci-ficomedy "Extraterrestrial" (2011) and tech thriller "Open Windows" (2014), starring Elijah Wood - that showed his giftfor reworking the fantasy genre.

He's said that he is a creator of "small cinema-spectacle." But with "Colossal," produced by Vancouverbased Brightlight Pictures in partnership with Spain's Sayaka, Vigalondo has grown, as directs a name cast that, besides Hathaway, includes Dan Stevens, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, and Tim Blake Nelson.

"This is the first of my films that flirts with the idea of being a blockbuster, though my consciousness of that means that it isn't," Vigalondo said. "It is an interesting clash between what would be understood as one of my films and something with which I am not associated at all."

In "Colossal," which screens as part of Toronto's Vanguard sidebar, Vigalondo remains faithful to major hallmarks: the influence of American sci-filiterature, an interest in new technologies, stories that could happen anywhere in the world, his own personal experience. …

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