Maribel Verdú immerses herself in nature in El faro de las orcas
by Alfonso Rivera
- The Spanish actress will star in Gerardo Olivares’ new epic, which will start shooting from February, on location in Argentina
Produced by Spanish outfit Wanda Visión and Argentina’s Historias Cinematográficas Cinemanía, El faro de las orcas (lit. “The Lighthouse of the Orcas”) will start shooting from February in both countries, with a cast of actors drafted in from both sides of the Atlantic: Maribel Verdú, Joaquín Furriel and Gastón Pauls. It is a film adaptation (which has seen the involvement of both the author and the director, together with Lucía Puenzo and Sallua Sehk) of the novel Agustín corazón abierto, based on the true story told by Roberto Bubas, about Tristán, a ten-year-old autistic Spanish boy who is fascinated by the images he sees on television of Beto, a man who plays with whales. Lola, the mother of little Tristán, will cross the ocean so that her son can meet the orca trainer himself in the Valdes Peninsula, Patagonia: the sheer energy of nature and his interaction with the cetaceans will work miracles for the youngster.
The actress, who won a Goya Award for Blancanieves [+see also:
interview: Pablo Berger
film profile], is therefore returning to Argentina following the successful comedy Sin hijos [+see also:
film profile], which she starred in alongside Diego Peretti; then, at the Málaga Spanish Film Festival in April, she will premiere La punta del iceberg [+see also:
film profile], before once again placing herself in the capable hands of Pablo Berger, as the Madrilenian actress is set to be the star of his new project: the Spanish-French co-production Abracadabra.
Meanwhile, the hyperactive Gerardo Olivares, who garnered great acclaim for Among Wolves [+see also:
film profile] five years ago, has yet to premiere the Austrian production Brothers of the Wind [+see also:
film profile], which he shot in the Alps together with Otmar Penker, and which stars Jean Reno, Manuel Camacho and Tobías Moretti in the lead roles. He also has 100 días de soledad in the middle of post-production, a documentary also being produced by José María Morales through Wanda Natura, the shoot for which wrapped in December. It was co-directed by José Díaz, who shut himself away for 100 days (the length of time specified in the title) in a hut in a natural park in Asturias with a view to living without the comforts of the 21st century and being completely self-sufficient.
(Translated from Spanish)