The Alenda brothers make their debut with Sin fin
by Alfonso Rivera
- The first feature by the filmmakers, who have twice been nominated for the Goya Award for their previous shorts, winning it once, is currently in post-production
Shot last summer in the provinces of Madrid, Cádiz and Malaga, Sin fin [+see also:
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The screenplay, written by the Alenda brothers over a five-year period and based on a previous short film of theirs, follows Javier as he travels through time to rewrite the last day he spent with María, the love of his life. With her, he remembers and relives the moment they first met years beforehand, to enable María to return to being the happy, smiling girl he once fell in love with… and whom he will fall in love with all over again.
For actress María León, “The story of Sin fin is very special; it’s not just any old love story, as there is something magical about it that will surprise audiences with the plot twist it has in store, especially in relation to my character, the female protagonist." Lead actor Javier Rey explains: “All of the cast and crew who worked on the short film Not the End, which was shot prior to this feature, were captivated and totally committed to making this film we’re now shooting a reality – it’s really special, just like everything that the Alenda brothers direct."
The cinematography of Sin fin has been entrusted to DoP Ángel Amorós, and it is being staged by Producciones Transatlánticas (Malaga), Solita Films (Madrid) and Elamedia. It is benefiting from the involvement of TVE and Canal Sur, and is being backed by the regional government of Andalusia, the Ministry of Culture (ICAA) and Crea SGR. It will be distributed by Filmax.
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