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Bárbara Lennie to star in Nely Reguera’s feature debut

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- In May, the shoot will kick off in Galicia for María (y los demás), the feature debut by the Barcelona-born filmmaker, starring the winner of the Goya Award for Best Actress

Bárbara Lennie to star in Nely Reguera’s feature debut
Bárbara Lennie at the Málaga Film Festival 2014 (© Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Europe)

Although Bárbara Lennie has been splashed across the front pages of all kinds of publications in Spain during the first three months of the year and has been harvesting countless film awards for her role in Magical Girl [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carlos Vermut
film profile
]
, the Madrilenian actress still appears to be an inspiration for independent cinema. Javier Rebollo wants her for his project La cerillera (which he is attempting to get off the ground with French, German, Swiss and Spanish producers), and in May she will place herself into the hands of Nely Reguera for the first foray into the world of feature films undertaken by this 36-year-old, Barcelona-born short-film director. The movie will be entitled María (y los demás) [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Nely Reguera
film profile
]
 – lit. “María (and the Rest)” – and will be shot in Galicia.

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It will be an independent comedy-drama backed by production outfits that are investing in new talent in Spain. The first of these, which is also a distributor, is Avalon (soon to release Every Thing Will Be Fine [+see also:
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trailer
making of
film profile
]
and Victoria [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Sebastian Schipper
film profile
]
), which was triumphant at the Málaga Film Festival one year ago with Long Distance [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
film profile
]
and They Are All Dead [+see also:
trailer
interview: Beatriz Sanchís
film profile
]
, the respective feature debuts by Carlos Marques-Marcet (winner of the Goya Award for Best New Director in 2014) and Beatriz Sanchís (nominated in the same category). One of the other production companies is Frida Films, the Galician firm behind the works of Adán Aliaga: La mujer del eternauta, El arca de Noé [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
and the short film El caminante, shot in New York and based on the comic The Walking Man by Jirō Taniguchi. The last producer is Catalan outfit Promo Allanda, and the movie will receive support from the ICAA (Film and Audiovisual Arts Institute), AGADIC (the Regional Government of Galicia) and Televisión Gallega.

In María (y los demás), Lennie will be joined by such actors as José Ángel Egido and Julián Villagrán as they portray the dilemma experienced by the 35-year-old titular character, who, since she was 15 years old, has taken over the reins of her family. When her mother passed away, she had to take charge of her siblings; and now that her father is about to get married, the world of this proud, responsible and overbearing woman is being shaken to the core. This is a role made to measure for the great talent of Bárbara Lennie, who will also be appearing in the larks of Dying Beyond Their Means [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Isaki Lacuesta
film profile
]
on 24 April. 

(Translated from Spanish)

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