Maribel Verdú will say Abracadabra for Pablo Berger
by Alfonso Rivera
- The actress and Antonio de la Torre will play the leads in the third movie by the award-winning Basque filmmaker, the man behind such gems as Torremolinos 73 and Blancanieves
We already knew that the winner of the Goya Award for Blancanieves [+see also:
interview: Pablo Berger
film profile], Maribel Verdú (who is currently shooting El faro de las orcas in Argentina: read more), was again going to be the lead actress in Pablo Berger’s next film, but now the rest of the star-studded cast has been unveiled for Abracadabra, one of the most hotly anticipated titles on the Spanish film scene, following the magnificent artistic results achieved by the Bilbao-born director who made his debut with Torremolinos 73 [+see also:
film profile]. And so the cast includes Antonio de la Torre (who is working with Verdú again, after Felices 140 [+see also:
interview: Gracia Querejeta
film profile]), Quim Gutiérrez, José Mota and José María Pou, who is also being reunited with the filmmaker, after they collaborated on his previous movie.
Likewise, Berger (who was decorated with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government last October) will once again be able to count on the services of Paco Delgado, the wardrobe designer on Blancanieves, whose work earned him a Goya Award in 2013, and who was nominated for the most recent Oscars for his achievements on The Danish Girl [+see also:
interview: Paco Delgado
film profile] and, in 2013, for his work on Les Miserables [+see also:
film profile]. The shoot for Abracadabra will get under way in early May and will continue for just over two months on location in Madrid and Navarre.
According to its director-screenwriter, the plot of this dark comedy with hints of drama, suspense and science fiction revolves around Carmen (Verdú), a housewife who lives in the Carabanchel neighbourhood of Madrid. One day, she discovers that her husband, Carlos (De la Torre), seems to be possessed by an evil spirit, and so begins a thorough investigation, straddling terror and ludicrousness, to try and get him back.
Abracadabra is an Arcadia Motion Pictures and Perséfone Films AIE co-production, in partnership with Noodles Productions (France), and with the involvement of Atresmedia Cine, Movistar + and Belgian outfit Scope Pictures. Films Distribution will take care of its international sales.
(Translated from Spanish)