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Kike Maíllo battling with a dangerous thriller called Toro

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- The director of Eva begins filming in Torremolinos of one of the most long-awaited works of the season, with Luis Tosar, Mario Casas and José Sacristán heading the bill

Kike Maíllo battling with a dangerous thriller called Toro
Luis Tosar and Mario Casas, in the promotional image of Toro

On 26 January, the long-awaited filming began, in Torremolinos (Malaga), of a movie that will very soon give people something to talk about: Toro [+see also:
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]
, or the return to filming, after five years, of Kike Maíllo, creator of the futurist fantasy Eva [+see also:
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. At 39 years of age, the Catalan director braves it this time with an action-coated thriller-performance that narrates a plot about corruption and shady deals in the tourism sector: set in the seventies and in Costa del Sol it involves two brothers, played by the two leading figures Luis Tosar and Mario Casas, whose nickname, Toro, gives the movie its title.

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The cast is completed by José Sacristán – with his recent Feroz Award for Magical Girl [+see also:
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]
 (read news) - and Ingrid García-Jonsson, discovered in Beautiful Youth [+see also:
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 and nominated for that role for the Goya for Best Emerging Actress in 2014. The movie – that will continue filming in Almería and Galicia (where her characters’ past transpires) – has a screenplay by Fernando Navarro (Anacleto: Secret Agent) and Rafael Cobos, creator of the storyline for Marshland [+see also:
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.

With a budget of 4 million euro, production is by Atresmedia Cine, Zircozine (Luis Tosar’s production company), Escándalo Films (associate producer to ESCAC, where Maíllo studied), Maestranza Films (El niño [+see also:
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) and Apaches Entertainment, managing hit movie The Impossible [+see also:
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. It also has the support of Backup Films and Film Factory E., responsible for international sales.

According to Enrique López Lavigne, from Apaches, “Toro makes use of the incredible scenery of Torremolinos: the storyline was changed in order to set it here, a fascinating and powerful place for film noir, that has only been seen in this way in films by Stephen Frears (The Hit) and Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast)”.

(Translated from Spanish)

Bridging the Dragon
 

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