New Projects by Carla Simón, Gaztelu-Urrutia and Pilar Palomero Underway

Emiliano de Pablos
14 May 2023
La Maternal

La Maternal

After El hoyo, which is in the top 10 of Netflix's most watched non-English language movies, Gaztelu-Urrutia tackles international co-production Rich Flu

Carla Simón, Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia and Pilar Palomero, three of the most outstanding new voices on the Spanish film scene, achieved industry and public recognition with their previous films, so the expectation surrounding their upcoming projects is high. 

Catalan auteur Carla Simón, winner of the Berlin Golden Bear in 2022 with Alcarrás, is now working on Romería, another film produced by María Zamora, through the Valencian company Elástica Films.
Following Verano 1993 and Alcarrás, Romería completes Simón's trilogy on the three branches of her family, addressing themes of loss, belonging and memory, with the humanity that characterizes the filmmaker's work.
Having previously participated in the TorinoFilmLab Next program, the Romería project revolves around Frida, a teenager whose parents died when she was just a child.
Adopted by a maternal uncle, the girl loses contact with her father's family. Wanting to understand the reasons for the absence of half of her family, and more specifically to learn about her own past, Frida decides to travel to Vigo to meet her father’s family.
The filming of Romería may take place over the next year, in locations yet to be determined, and the film will be made in a combination of Spanish and Catalan.
French agency MK2 sold Alcarrás, Simón's previous film, to the global platform MUBI in different regions, including North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Latin America.

International cast for Gaztelu-Urrutia
After directing dystopian allegory El hoyo, which after its release in 2020 was ranked in the top 10 most watched non-English language movies on Netflix, Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia shot the feature film La gripe rica (Rich Flu) between November and February.
The international co-production is being produced by Adrián Guerra and Núria Valls through Barcelona-based Nostromo Pictures, in association with Carlos Juárez's Mamma Team and Basque Film, along with Chile's Fábula, owned by brothers Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín.
Leveraging a certain style of Spanish auteur genre cinema, extraordinarily well received by global consumers, Rich Flu, again a dystopian thriller, co-written by Gaztelu-Urrutia and Pedro Rivero, explores how far humans will go to save themselves when the wealth that made the world go round becomes the most dangerous of commodities, after a strange disease threatens to kill anyone with any kind of fortune.
The virus spreads panic and people try to get rid of their assets, but the world no longer wants them.
The film, marketed by eOnesubsidiary Sierra/Affinity, features an international cast that includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Jungle 4.0), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi), Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos), Dixie Egerickx (The Essex Serpent) and Cesar Domboy (Outlander).

Third film by Pilar Palomero
Pilar Palomero, who is from Aragón, won the Goyas for best film, best new director and best original screenplay with her debut feature Las Niñas in 2021. The world premiere of her second feature film, La Maternal, took place last September at the San Sebastian Festival, where actress Carla Quilez won the Silver Shell for best leading actress. Both films were produced by Valérie Delpierre for Inicia Films (20,000 Species of Bees).

Again produced by Inicia, joined on this occasion by Mod Producciones (headed by Fernando Bovaira) and Misent Producciones, Palomero has been shooting her third film, Los destellos, since the beginning of May.
The film is an adaptation of Eider Rodríguez's book Un corazón demasiado grande, which deals with grief and loss, and has the support of RTVE.
Un corazón demasiado grande was originally written in Basque and translated into Spanish by the author herself, and was the winner of the Euskadi Prize for Literature.

La maternal, Palomero's previous film, was distributed internationally by France's Elle Driver; while sales of Las niñas, her successful debut film, were handled by Spain's Film Factory Entertainment, with agreements in such important countries as France (Epicentre Films) and Japan (Fine Films).


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