Rodrigo Sorogoyen once again casts Antonio de la Torre for El reino
by Alfonso Rivera
- After working together on May God Save Us, the director and actor are back together for a political thriller on corruption
“A political thriller”: this is how Madrid-born director Rodrigo Sorogoyen described the project that would follow May God Save Us [+see also:
interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
film profile], which won the screenplay award at San Sebastián in 2016 and the Goya for Best Actor (for Roberto Alamo) to Cineuropa a year ago. The other lead actor in that stifling film, Antonio de la Torre, has been cast once again by the director of Stockholm [+see also:
film profile] for his latest film, El reino, filming on which started on Monday 10 July in Madrid and will continue, for a total of nine weeks, in the capital, Valencia and Navarra.
El reino (which has just received €1.4 million from the ICAA – see article) is inspired by recent Spanish history, and was written by Sorogoyen and his usual partner in crime Isabel Peña. The hero of the film is a politician caught up in shady deals that his party wants to use as a scapegoat. Alongside de La Torre, the cast features Luis Zahera, Barbara Lennie, José Maria Pou, Ana Wagener, Nacho Fresneda, Monica Lopez and Francisco Reyes.
Sorogoyen, who recently released award-winning short film La madre, continues here, through the threme of corruption, to explore the darkest recesses of the human soul. Antonio de la Torre, for his part, has appeared in a number of films since May God Save Us, including Memorias del calabozo (see article), El autor (previous title: El móvil – see article) and Abracadabra [+see also:
interview: Pablo Berger
film profile] by Pablo Berger, which is due to be released on 4 August. El reino will hit Spanish screens in 2018.
El reino, which is being made on a budget of €4 million, is being produced by Tornasol Films, Trianera PC A.I.E. and Atresmedia Cine, in partnership with French companies Le Pacte and Mondex&cie, and with the participation of Atresmedia and Movistar+. In Spain, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros Pictures Spain. International sales are being handled by Latido Films.
(Translated from Spanish)
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