Valencia plays host to the shoot for Inés París’ fourth film
by Alfonso Rivera
- The comedy La noche que mi madre mató a mi padre boasts a stellar cast comprising Belén Rueda, Eduard Fernández and Argentinian actor Diego Peretti
Madrid-born filmmaker Inés París is fond of long titles: Semen (A Love Sample) [+see also:
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film profile], My Mother Likes Women (both of which she co-directed with Daniela Fejerman) and Miguel y William. This month, she is in Valencia filming her fourth movie: La noche que mi madre mató a mi padre [+see also:
film profile] (lit. “The Night My Mother Killed My Father”), which she has written herself, together with Fernando Colomo, and which stars Belén Rueda, Eduard Fernández, María Pujalte, Fele Martínez, Patricia Montero and Argentinian star Diego Peretti.
This constitutes the second collaboration between the filmmaker and producer Beatriz de la Gándara (South from Granada), as they already worked together on París’ debut, My Mother Likes Women, in 2002. From that friendship, and while they were having dinner together, an idea sprang forth about making this character-driven comedy – “a peculiar human zoo”, according to the director – which also unfolds during a dinner party. This get-together is attended by modern and open-minded people from the film industry, who nevertheless have huge egos and debts to settle: “They are all fragile people, with a lot of personality and too much imagination,” París asserts.
Belén Rueda plays Isabel, the hostess, an actress who is beginning to notice the burden of age, married to a screenwriter who was at one time married to a director: at this get-together, they try to persuade Peretti to star in their upcoming film. While we have seen Rueda appear in TV comedy-dramas and make the occasional foray into comedy films (such as Spanish Movie [+see also:
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With a budget of €2.5 million, and already in negotiations to secure distribution, the movie, which features a considerable female presence, is co-produced by Sangam Films, Post Eng Producciones and Rodajefilms, and is benefiting from backing by TVE, Canal + and Ono. Beatriz de la Gándara, a seasoned producer of comedy films, concludes: “It’s always a challenge to manage to make the audience laugh and enjoy themselves.”
(Translated from Spanish)