After 30 years of absence, Víctor Erice returns to the cinema with Cerrar los ojos

After 30 years of absence, Víctor Erice returns to the cinema with Cerrar los ojos

– The author of Spanish audiovisual gems such as The Spirit of the Hive finishes filming his new film, starring Manolo Solo and José Coronado

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Several months ago, an exciting return was announced that has now become a reality: Victor Erice is coming back to mainstream cinema after three decades taking a break from the domain, albeit still devoting himself to other artistic creations. Right now, one of the most prestigious names in the field of Spanish audiovisual – the man behind marvels such as The Spirit of the Beehive, El on and Dream of Light (which took part in the 1992 Cannes Film Festival) – is shooting Cerrar los ojos (bed. “Close Your Eyes”), a movie that unfolds within the film world, addressing subjects such as identity and memory, from a screenplay penned by the filmmaker himself together with Michel Gaztambide (The Vault [+lire aussi :
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).

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It tells of how a famous Spanish actor, Julio Arenas (played by Jose Coronadowhom we saw recently in Stories Not to Be Told [+lire aussi :
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), disappears during the shoot for a movie. Although his body is never found, the police come to the conclusion that an accident befell him by the sea. Many years later, this mystery hits the headlines again as a result of a TV program looking back at the figure of the main actor, offering a scoop on images from the last few scenes he appeared in, shot by a close friend of his: director Miguel Garay (brought to life by Manolo Solowho performed in wild flowers [+lire aussi :
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).

The shoot for Cerrar los ojos has been taking place in Granada, Almeria and Asturias, and will wrap in Madrid. The cast is rounded off by Ana Torrent (who was discovered by Erice as a girl and chosen to star in 1973’s The Spirit of the Beehive), Maria Leon (who will soon appear in Piety [+lire aussi :
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), Petra Martinez, Soledad Villamil, mario pardo, Elena Miquel and Jose Maria Pou.

In addition, as its DoP, the movie has been able to count on Valentin Alvarezwith whom he worked previously on the short film The Red Death and on Partidos VideosErice’s contribution to Historic Center [+lire aussi :
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(2012), a project promoted to celebrate the Portuguese city of Guimarães as European Capital of Culture, and which also included segments by Pedro Costa, Manoel de Oliveira and Aki Kaurismaki. Also on board is sound recordist Ivan Marinwho worked on the omnibus film Ten Minute Older [+lire aussi :
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and on Víctor Erice – Abbas Kiarostami: Correspondence (2007), a feature directed by both of the titular maestros.

Cerrar los ojos is a co-production by La mirada del adiós AIE, led by Cristina Zumarraga through Tandem Films, the company she runs with Pablo E Bossitogether with jose alba and Odile Antonio Baez‘s Pecado Films, with Pampa Films on board as a co-producer in Argentina. Erice himself is also producing with his outfit Nautilus Films. The film boasts the involvement of TVE, Movistar Plus+, Canal Sur and EiTB, and it has secured backing from the ICAA, the Andalusian Regional Government and the Community of Madrid. It will land in Spanish movie theaters in 2023, courtesy of Avalon, and Film Factory will take care of managing the international sales.

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