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Sergio G Sánchez makes the leap to directing with Marrowbone

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- CANNES 2016: After shooting a few shorts, the screenwriter of The Impossible will begin filming his feature debut on 27 June, supported by JA Bayona

Sergio G Sánchez makes the leap to directing with Marrowbone
Screenwriter and director Sergio G Sánchez

JA Bayona, the director of two landmark titles in Spanish cinema, The Orphanage [+see also:
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and The Impossible [+see also:
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interview: Juan Antonio Bayona
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, the scripts for which were penned by his friend Sergio G Sánchez (Oviedo, 1973), will serve as the executive producer on the latter’s much dreamed-of baby step as a feature-film director: Marrowbone. This English-language film with an international cast will receive financial backing from Telecinco Cinema, Marrowbone SLU and Reunidos en el Ático AIE, with the involvement of Mediaset España and Movistar+, and it will start shooting for a month and a half in late June, on location in Asturias, and with interiors in Terrassa (Barcelona).

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From the plot of the film – a thriller with romantic and horror elements, written by Sánchez himself (who won the Goya for Best Original Screenplay in 2008 for The Orphanage) – we can deduce that Marrowbone will share many characteristics with the other stories that have so far emerged from his mind and have earned him much renown: four brothers, afraid of being separated following their mother’s death, hide away on their farm – but its walls hide some dark and dreadful secrets.

The project has just been presented at the Film Market of the most recent Cannes Film Festival, and Lionsgate has already sold it to 50 territories, ranging from Latin America to Eastern Europe. Several months ago, some Spanish media outlets claimed that Sergio G Sánchez (who also wrote the scripts for The End [+see also:
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interview: Jorge Torregrossa
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and Palm Trees in the Snow [+see also:
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) would make his directorial debut by adapting the successful stage play Smiley, una historia de amor by Guillem Clua, which picks apart gay stereotypes, but ultimately, Marrowbone will represent his baptism in the feature-length font.

Meanwhile, JA Bayona, who will release A Monster Calls [+see also:
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film focus
interview: Juan Antonio Bayona
film profile
]
(read the news) in October and will subsequently direct the sequel to Jurassic World in the USA, has admitted: “I wanted to be involved in Marrowbone ever since I knew it was going to be made.”

(Translated from Spanish)

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