Magazine article Screen International

Spanish Film-Makers to Follow: The Magnificent Seven

Magazine article Screen International

Spanish Film-Makers to Follow: The Magnificent Seven

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Experienced in TV documentaries, short films and commercials, this Madrid-born film-maker had a significant career breakthrough with his successful short That Wasn't Me (Aquel No Era Yo), which won the Goya for best short film in 2013 and the Oscar for best live-action short film in 2014. Crespo is now working on his first feature, To Love (Amar), about an adolescent couple in love, based on his own script. Shooting starts in April in Valencia and Avalon is producing. Crespo is then set to direct another thriller, Black Beach, produced by LaZona. He is repped by CAA in the US and by Anxo Talent in Spain.

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Chainsaw in hand and wearing a blood-spattered bridal dress - this is how Leticia Dolera appeared in Rec 3, the third instalment in the successful zombie franchise produced by Filmax. It's one of her many films as an actress before moving behind the camera as director for debut feature Requirements To Be A Normal Person, which premiered at the Malaga Film Festival last year. The film is a romantic comedy about a thirtysomething (Dolera) who wishes she was 'normal' and so questions what 'normal' is exactly. The film garnered good reviews and a Goya nomination for best new director.

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Carlos Marques-Marcet's first feature film, Long Distance (10.000km), took him a long way, marking him out as one of the most promising young directors in Spain. Produced by Lastor Media, the film explores the challenges faced by a couple in a long-distance relationship; the woman (Natalia Tena) lives in Los Angeles, while her lover (David Verdaguer) is in Barcelona. The film received strong reviews and prizes at SXSW and the 2015 Goyas. Broad Green Pictures released the film in the US last year. A successful short film-maker before his feature debut, Marques-Marcet also works regularly as an editor. His next feature, Don't Fuck Around With Love, will reunite Long Distance leads Tena and Verdaguer, and is set to shoot in London later this year. It is again being produced by Lastor Media. Marques-Marcet is represented by the Calabuch agency in Spain and UTA in the US.

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Writer-director Clara Roquet wrote the screenplay for Long Distance (10.000km) with Carlos Marques-Marcet and made her debut as a director with short The Goodbye (El Adiós). It premiered at the Columbia University Film Festival last year (Roquet is teaching and working on her PhD at the university) before screening at the Toronto, Telluride, Clermont-Ferrand and Valladolid festivals. …

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