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Patricia Ferreira whisks us off to Vietnam

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- Filming has now wrapped in Vietnam for the comedy Thi Mai, directed by the Spanish filmmaker and starring Carmen Machi, Dani Rovira, Adriana Ozores and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

Patricia Ferreira whisks us off to Vietnam
Camen Machi, Dani Rovira, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón and Adriana Ozores in Thi Mai

The shoot for Patricia Ferreira’s new comedy, Thi Mai, was split between Vietnam (six weeks) and Pamplona (two weeks), and marks Ferreira’sfirst return to the director’s chair since The Wild Ones [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, which scooped a number of prizes at the 2012 Malaga Film Festival. Her latest project’s redoubtable cast brings together some of the biggest names in Spanish cinema, including: Carmen Machi (also seen in this year’s smash hit Villaviciosa de al lado [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), Dani Rovira (who garnered considerable public acclaim for his performance in 100 Meters [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, also released in recent weeks), Luis Bermejo (Magical Girl [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carlos Vermut
film profile
]
) and two actresses who don’t often dip their toes into comedy: Adriana Ozores and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón.

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With a screenplay written by Marta Sánchez (a regular on TV shows including 7 Vidas and Aida), the film follows the quest of Carmen (Machi), who, after losing her daughter María in an accident, receives a letter informing her that she has been approved for the adoption of Thi Mai, the young Vietnamese girl of the film’s title. Accompanied by her two best friends, Elvira and Rosa, who have never set foot outside Spain, Marta travels to Asia to meet her new daughter. There, the three women encounter a series of increasingly complicated, exotic and outlandish situations that bring out the most eccentric aspects of each of their personalities. Andrés (Rovira), a Spanish actor who upped sticks to Hanoi to live with his partner, and a local tour guide also have their parts to play in the adventure.

On the technical side, Antonio Frutos (To Steal from a Thief [+see also:
trailer
film focus
interview: Daniel Calparsoro
film profile
]
) head up the editing team; Sergi Gallardo (The Olive Tree [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Icíar Bollaín
film profile
]
) is director of photography and actress Laura Cepeda is in charge of casting (as with Imanol Uribe’s Far from the Sea [+see also:
trailer
interview: Imanol Uribe
film profile
]
).

Thi Mai is being produced by Amor en Vietnam A.I.E., TriPictures, Es Docu (Kahtmandu — A Mirror in the Sky [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
) and Atresmedia Cine (Marshland [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alberto Rodríguez
film profile
]
, Palm Trees in the Snow [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
). The film is scheduled for release in Autumn 2017.

(Translated from Spanish)

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