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El cuaderno de Sara in post-production

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- Norberto López Amado’s new film, with a screenplay by Jorge Guerricaechevarría, has wrapped principal photography in Africa and on the Canary Islands; Belén Rueda and Marian Álvarez topline

El cuaderno de Sara in post-production
Belén Rueda during the shoot for El cuaderno de Sara

Several of the ingredients of El cuaderno de Sara (lit. “Sara’s Notebook”) would seem to make it a film of particular interest. Its screenplay has been penned by Jorge Guerricaechevarría, who wrote the stories for a good chunk of Álex de la Iglesia’s filmography (such as The Bar [+see also:
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, a hit that is still on the cinema listings) as well as that of Daniel Monzón (the box-office smash El niño [+see also:
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). It is being directed by Norberto López Amado, who proved with La decisión de Julia [+see also:
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that he was not afraid to tackle complex social and personal topics. Plus, its two topliners are both Goya-winning actresses: Belén Rueda (who won for The Sea Inside [+see also:
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) and Marian Álvarez (victorious for Wounded [+see also:
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). The shoot wrapped a few days ago on location on the Canary Islands and in Africa.

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The cast and crew spent two months in Uganda and Tenerife in order to shoot this film, which tells the story of Laura’s tireless search for her sister Sara. Sara disappeared in the Congolese jungle while working for an NGO, and now that a clue to her fate – a photograph – has finally turned up, Laura doesn’t hesitate to infiltrate areas ruled by warlords, and thus discovers the murky and shameful back room of the Western powers.

López Amado claims that “shooting in chronological order enabled us to experience the film not only as a work of fiction, but also as something real that has changed our outlook on the world. It was excitement and adventure combined in equal measure. Accompanying Laura on her search for Sara has been a journey of understanding and self-improvement that I’m looking forward to sharing with the audience.” The cast is rounded off by first-timer Iván Mendes, Nick Devlin, Marta Belaustegui, Enrico Lo Verso and Manolo Cardona.

El cuaderno de Sara is being produced by Telecinco Cinema, Ikiru Films and El Cuaderno de Sara AIE, in conjunction with Mediaset España and Movistar +. The movie will be released by Buena Vista International, while its international sales will be handled by Film Factory Entertainment.

(Translated from Spanish)

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