Paco Plaza goes full steam ahead on the shoot for El expediente
by Alfonso Rivera
- The fourth solo film by the director of REC 3: Genesis will be a gobsmacking horror-thriller and will see Ana Torrent make a comeback to the big screen
Filming has been under way since 4 July (and will continue for the entirety of this month and next) on location in Madrid and the surrounding province of Guadalajara for the fourth solo film by Valencian director Paco Plaza, following Second Name, Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt and the outrageous romp REC 3: Genesis [+see also:
film profile]. The filmmaker previously teamed up with Jaume Balagueró to shoot the first two instalments of the successful zombie saga as well as the outlandish documentary OT: The Film. This time around, he is making El expediente (lit. “The Dossier”), a suspense-filled horror, his preferred genre, which sees Ana Torrent among the lead actors.
With its storyline being kept tightly under wraps, El expediente is based on true – albeit supernatural – events investigated and recorded by the police over the last few decades. According to Plaza, this disturbing horror story “is an exploration of an unsolved mystery, a journey into the kind of horror in which fear takes on a dimension that goes far beyond the screen – fear that we will take away with us, even to our homes”. The production is being staged by Apache Films and Expediente la Película AIE, and it boasts backing from the ICAA and the involvement of RTVE. Sony Pictures will premiere and release it in Spain in 2017.
The cast is topped off by first-timers Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer and Iván Chavero, who are joined by Consuelo Trujillo, and the movie sees the special collaboration of Sonia Almarcha, Maru Valdivieso and Leticia Dolera. The latter is also Plaza’s partner, and the horror maestro produced her directorial debut, Requirements to Be a Normal Person [+see also:
film profile], a romantic comedy that snagged three awards at the 2015 Málaga Film Festival (read the news) and was a finalist at the Goya Awards in the categories of Best New Director, Best New Actor for Manuel Burque and Best Editing for David Gallart, a regular crew member in the dark REC [+see also:
interview: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
interview: Julio Fernández
film profile] universe.
(Translated from Spanish)