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Alberto Rodríguez begins shooting El hombre de las mil caras

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- Expectations are high for the new thriller by the acclaimed director of Marshland, starring José Coronado, Marta Etura and Eduard Fernández in the lead roles

Alberto Rodríguez begins shooting El hombre de las mil caras
Director Alberto Rodríguez

In Paris on 20 July, the starting pistol will be fired for the shoot of El hombre de las mil caras [+see also:
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(lit. “The Man with a Thousand Faces”), an eagerly anticipated movie, following the tremendous success of Marshland [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alberto Rodríguez
film profile
]
, the previous work by its director, Alberto Rodríguez. After it was screened at the 2014 San Sebastián Film Festival, Marshland became an unstoppable phenomenon that managed to win over critics, the general public and jury members alike. Now, Seville-born Rodríguez will direct two leading figures of the acting world: José Coronado and Eduard Fernández, who will rub shoulders with the beautiful and talented Marta Etura.

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As was the case for Marshland, the filmmaker is once again working with a winning crew: Álex Catalán will be back serving as DoP, the editing will be handled by José M G Moyano, Julio de la Rosa will take care of the soundtrack, production design will be managed by Pepe Domínguez and the wardrobe by Fernando García. The screenplay is co-written by Rodríguez and Rafael Cobos, and is based on the book Paesa, el espía de las mil caras (“Paesa: The Spy with a Thousand Faces”) by Manuel Cerdán.

The ambitious shoot will last almost three months, and will take place in Paris, Singapore, Geneva and Madrid. The movie will portray the shady dealings of secret agent Francisco Paesa (played by Fernández), who enjoyed life just like James Bond, was an arms dealer, lived on the edge, faked his own death and played a central role in handing over Luis Roldán (to be played by Carlos Santos) to the police; Roldán was the former managing director of the Spanish military police, who had been caught up in a corruption scandal.

This project, which had been at the back of Rodríguez’s mind for quite some time, as he had been fascinated by this peculiar and manipulative character, has a budget of €5 million: produced by Zeta AudiovisualAtresmedia Cine, Atípica Films, Sacromonte Films and El espía de las mil caras AIE, it is also benefiting from the involvement of Canal SurAtresmedia and Moviestar +. Distribution in Spain will be handled by Warner Bros Pictures, and its release is slated for autumn next year. 

(Translated from Spanish)

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