Álex de la Iglesia gets ready to unveil his own version of Perfect Strangers
by Alfonso Rivera
- Filming got underway in Madrid this week for this darkly comic Spanish remake of Paolo Genovese’s Italian box-office hit
What might a maverick filmmaker like Álex de la Iglesia do with a succulent story like the one told by Italian director Paolo Genovese in Perfect Strangers [+see also:
film profile]? Well, we’ll find out next year, when Perfect Strangers touches down in cinemas across Spain. This Spanish remake, from the creator of the as-yet-unreleased thriller The Bar (read more here), began filming earlier this week in Madrid, with a screenplay co-written by the director’s regular collaborator Jorge Guerricaechevarría. The shoot is expected to run for six weeks.
The story unfolds over the course of one night, during a lunar eclipse, in the home of Alfonso and Eva—a well-healed professional couple worried about their teenage daughter and about the monotony of their lives. They are joined by five guests: Eduardo and Blanco (she’s ready for marriage and babies, he’s not ready for either), Antonio and Ana (parents to two children and on the brink of divorce) and Pepe (an unemployed teacher who claims he can’t come because his girlfriend is sick—but is she?). It’s a dinner party like any other, until someone has an intriguing idea: what if they put their mobile phones at the disposition of the group, leaving them in the middle of the table for everyone to see? Call history, texts, WhatsApp messages, Instagram and Facebook notifications... Their entire lives, instantly made public. An innocent game, or a risky proposition? Can their friendship handle this level of candour?
Entering this psychological labyrinth are real-life couple Ernesto Alterio and Juana Acosta, joined by Eduard Fernández, Dafne Fernández, Eduardo Noriega, Belén Rueda and Pepón Nieto, who previously worked with De la Iglesia on My Big Night [+see also:
Perfect Strangers is being produced by Telecinco Cinema (who this Friday, 7 October, will be launching J. A. Bayona’s sure-fire hit A Monster Calls [+see also:
interview: Juan Antonio Bayona
film profile]), Pokeepsie Films (the director’s own production company) and Nadie es perfecto, in association with Mediaset España and Movistar +. Universal will be distributing the film.
(Translated from Spanish)