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A review of Spanish cinema highlights that will be released during the last quarter of the year, with the thriller as the predominant genre

Mientras dure la guerra

Commercial expectations are high regarding "Quien a hierro mata", an action thriller by Paco Plaza, starring Luis Tosar. This co-production by Atresmedia Cine and Vaca Film Studio with France's Playtime Production, in association with Sony Pictures International Productions, is scheduled to première on 30 August. The film is being distributed by Sony.

Plaza is a native of Valencia and one of the most highly rated filmmakers within a resurgent Spanish cinema. Two years ago, he premièred "Veronica", a horror film that took a very substantial €3.5 million at the box office, in addition to earnings through numerous international sales agreements through Film Factory Entertainment.

Dani de la Orden is one of the most prolific young Spanish directors. His fifth outing, the dramatic comedy "Litus", will hit cinemas on 6 September, with distribution from A Contracorriente Films.

Based on the play by Marta Buchaca, the film is a new collaboration between De la Orden and Álamo Producciones, the company headed by Eduardo Campoy which previously produced De la Orden’s hit "El mejor verano de mi vida". Latido Films manages its international sales.

Asier Etxeandía, Aitor Luna and Hugo Silva star in "Sordo", a Western-styled action thriller, directed by Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas and produced by La Caña Brothers. Set a few years after the Spanish Civil War, "Sordo" adapts David Muñoz and Rayco Pulido’s comic book of the same name. It will be in cinemas from 13 September courtesy of Filmax, whose international sales division, led by Iván Díaz, is marketing the film abroad.

A week later, Filmax is scheduled to première "El plan", a traditional style comedy by Polo Menárguez, with a strong Spanish cast led by Antonio de la Torre and Raúl Arévalo. The film, directed by Nacho La Casa for Capitán Araña, is an adaptation of Ignasi Vidal’s homonymous play.

It is probably the most highly anticipated local title in the latter part of the year. The drama “Mientras dure la guerra”, which Buena Vista opens in cinemas on 27 September, heralds the return of Alejandro Amenábar to filmmaking in Spanish after "Mar adentro" (2005).

This drama about the military uprising of 1936, in which Karra Elejalde (“Eight Basque Surnames”) plays the humanist Miguel de Unamuno, is the first original film production from Movistar+, with additional participation by MOD Productions and Himenóptero, from Spain, and the Argentine company K&S Films. The film had its world market première at the European Film Market and is distributed internationally by Film Factory.

On 18 October, the producer Gerardo Herrero premières his 18th film as director, the thriller "Los asesinatos de Goya", about a mysterious serial killer, starring Maribel Verdú, Aura Garrido and Daniel Grao. Shot in Madrid, Pamplona and Brussels, it is a co-production between Tornasol Films and the Belgian company Entre Chien et Loup, in which RTVE and Movistar+ have also participated. Latido Films is in charge of the film’s international marketing.

Morena Films was one of the most successful Spanish producers last year with the acclaimed "Champions", by Javier Fesser. On 25 October, Filmax premières "Ventajas de viajar en tren” in cinemas, an intriguing film with Luis Tosar and Belén Cuesta leading the cast, which marks the feature film début of director Aritz Moreno. Morena co-produces with Logical Pictures and Señor & Señora.

With "El silencio de la ciudad blanca", the bestseller from Eva García Sáenz de Urturi, Atresmedia Cine continues its commitment to the adaptation of literary trilogies that started in 2017 with "El guardián invisible", the first part of "The Baztán Trilogy", by Dolores Redondo.

Directed by Daniel Calparsoro, "El silencio de la ciudad blanca" features Belén Rueda ("Perfectos desconocidos") and Javier Rey ("Fariña") who lead the cast in this criminal thriller that DeAPlaneta premières on 25 October.

The filmmaker Paco Arango, who specialises in family cinema ("Maktub", "Lo que de verdad importa"), premières "Los Rodríguez y el Más Allá," on 31 October, a production by Guisante Films and Producciones Calcon in which RTVE and Movistar+ have also participated. This adventure comedy starring Edu Soto and Mexican actress Mariana Treviño will be distributed in Spain by European Dreams Factory and by Cinépolis in Latin America.

In November, Telecinco Cinema is releasing "Si yo fuera rico", a comedy by Álvaro Fernández-Armero about the risks of telling your friends that you have won the lottery. Telecinco partnered with some of the producers of “Eight Basque Surnames”, Think Studio and Ciudadanía Ciskul, and also with TF1 Studio and Movistar+. Starring Álex García, Alexandra Jiménez and Adrián Lastra, the film will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The Contracorriente Films outing "Intemperie" premières on 22 November, in which Benito Zambrano ("Solas", "La voz dormida") adapts the best selling novel with the same title. With Luis Tosar as the main actor, "Intemperie" is a co-production between Morena, the Andalusian producer Aralan Films and the Portuguese company Ukbar Filmes, in which RTVE and Movistar+ are also participating.

"Legado en los huesos", the second instalment in the "Baztán Trilogy" directed by Fernando González Molina for Atresmedia Cine, Nostromo Pictures and the German Nadcon, premières on 5 December courtesy of DeAPlaneta, on the back of a good box office performance by the first instalment of the saga, "El guardián invisible" (€3.7 million).

"Adiós", a thriller starring Mario Casas and Natalia de Molina heralds the return to Spain of Paco Cabezas ("Carne de neón") after his adventure in Hollywood, where he directed episodes of series such as "Penny Dreadful", "American Gods", "Into The Badlands" and "Fear The Walking Dead".