Spanish cinema in 2011: 12 months of comedies and thrillers (Part 2)
by Sergio Ríos Pérez
18/01/2011 - In 2011, the two dominant genres in Spanish cinema will be comedies (see news) and thrillers, especially the latter, with titles ranging from colossal English-language productions to boisterous Guy Ritchie-style action movies.
The spotlight will be on Apaches Entertainment’s two most ambitious productions to date – Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intruders (see news) and J. A. Bayona’s The Impossible (see news) – which perfectly fit this new company’s profile: they both have enormous resources, are shot in English and aimed at the international market (as shown by their casts, the former starring Clive Owen and the latter Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts).
Two leading names in Spanish horror movies, Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró, creators of the [REC] series, will present their new solo efforts. Plaza has continued his exploration of said saga, for which he has helmed a prequel, [REC] Genesis, while Balagueró has directed Luis Tosar and Marta Etura in the disturbing Mientras Duermes (“While You Sleep”, see news), which is distinctly more psychological and subtle.
Also making a return is Rodrigo Cortés, who, after his tremendous critical and popular hit Buried [trailer, film focus], will release his latest English-language title, Red Lights, starring none other than Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver.
Three young directors will hit theatres with three very different but equally interesting works: Eduardo Chapero-Jackson’s Verbo (see news), an Apaches production closer to science-fiction cinema for teenagers, who will be drawn to the film by actor Miguel Ángel Silvestre’s pulling power; Paco Cabezas’s boisterous and irreverent Neon Flesh, starring the Midas King of Spanish cinema, Mario Casas (Three Steps Above Heaven [trailer]) and produced by Morena Films; and Miguel Ángel Vivas’s nail-biting and claustrophobic Kidnapped (see news), produced by Vaca Films.
(Translated from Spanish)