Secuestro: Mar Targarona’s directorial comeback
by Alfonso Rivera
- After almost 20 years away from film direction, the Catalan producer is shooting this distressing thriller, starring Blanca Portillo and José Coronado in the leads
On 2 May, the shoot kicked off for Secuestro (lit. “Kidnapping”), the second feature by Mar Targarona (born in 1953 in Barcelona), an actress and filmmaker who made her debut with the crime comedy Die, My Darling back in 1996. Recently, Targarona, who is also the director of the Fundación Taller de Guionistas (Scriptwriters’ Workshop Foundation), has been devoting her time to directing adverts and television series. Her new film, based on a screenplay by Oriol Paulo (El cuerpo [+see also:
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In Secuestro, Portillo plays Patricia, a lawyer whose life is turned upside down when her son Víctor (Marc Domenech) disappears from school. A short time later, the boy comes back and claims that a man tried to kidnap him, whom he recognises and identifies in an identity parade. But as there is no conclusive evidence, the suspect is released. Fearing that something may happen to Víctor, Patricia decides to abandon her own principles and take the law into her own hands – a decision that will have unforeseeable and unlimited consequences.
The shoot for Secuestro is currently under way in Barcelona and the surrounding area, and it has been funded by Rodar y Rodar Cine, the company behind titles such as The Orphanage [+see also:
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film profile] and Sólo química (by Alfonso Albacete, which will be released on 24 July after having brought the 18th Málaga Spanish Film Festival to a close), where Targarona is serving as executive producer along with Joaquín Padró.
Rounding off the crew are Sergi Bartoli as DoP, Rosa Ros as art director, Anna Güell in charge of costumes and Marc Vaillo, who is composing the soundtrack. TVE and Televisió de Catalunya have acquired its broadcasting rights.
(Translated from Spanish)