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Gerardo Olivares shooting the road movie 4 latas

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- The movie, produced by Wanda Visión and starring Jean Reno, is being filmed over a period of two months in Morocco and Senegal, as well as on the Canary Islands

Gerardo Olivares shooting the road movie 4 latas
Actors Jean Reno and Hovik Keuchkerian

On 30 April, the shoot kicked off for 4 latas (lit. “4 Cans”), the new film by Gerardo Olivares (Córdoba, 1964), the man behind titles such as Among Wolves [+see also:
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 and El faro de las orcas [+see also:
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, both of which were staged by Wanda Visión, the same company that is throwing its weight behind this project. Filming will take place over a period of eight weeks on the Spanish islands of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, as well as in Morocco and Senegal.

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The lead actors in this road movie, who will be making their way across the Sahara desert, are famous Casablanca-born French thesp of Spanish heritage Jean Reno and Lebanese actor of Armenian and Navarrese descent Hovik Keuchkerian, who rose to prominence in Alacrán enamorado [+see also:
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 by Santiago Zannou, for which he was nominated for a Goya Award in 2014; he also appeared in Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote [+see also:
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, which has just gone on general release in Spain.

The plot, written by Olivares together with Chema Rodríguez (Night Falls in India [+see also:
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) and María Jesús Petrement, depicts how Tocho (Keuchkerian) and Jean Pierre (Reno) decide to go and pay their friend Joseba (Quique San Francisco) a visit in Mali after they find out that he has fallen ill. Reminiscing about the trips that all three of them used to embark on in the 1980s, crossing Africa in cars that they would then sell in Mali and Niger, they prepare to cross the Sahara with a Renault 4L still owned by Ely (Susana Abaitua), one of their daughters. It will be an adventure jam-packed with emotions and entertaining encounters, which will change all of their lives forever. The main cast is rounded off by actor, TV presenter, showman and producer Arturo Valls (The Tunnel Gang [+see also:
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), and Francesc Garrido (Awaiting [+see also:
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). 

In the words of its director, Olivares: "The idea for this film was born of a trip I went on a while ago across the desert in a SEAT Panda: on that journey, I met some French guys who were taking second-hand cars down south. In this film, I wanted to somehow reflect the experiences that I’ve had on my trips through the Sahara.”

4 latas, the score for which is being composed by Pájaro Sunrise (Yuri Méndez), is a production by Wanda Visión (José María Morales, who will also oversee its distribution), Es.Docu (Larry Levene) and Cruzando el desierto AIE, and it can also boast involvement from RTVE. The editing will be handled by Domingo González (Perfectos desconocidos [+see also:
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) and the cinematography by Gonzaga Manso (Camino [+see also:
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).

(Translated from Spanish)

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