Igor Legarreta makes his directorial debut with Cuando dejes de quererme
by Alfonso Rivera
- It’s been one month since shooting started for the feature debut by the co-writer of Autómata, which stars Miki Esparbé alongside seasoned thesps such as Antonio Dechent and Joaquín Climent
To date, Igor Legarreta has filmed a handful of shorts (El trabajo, The Great Zambini), and he was also the co-screenwriter and second-unit director on Autómata [+see also:
film profile], the science-fiction flick by Gabe Ibáñez, starring and sponsored by Antonio Banderas. Now, it is time for the 43-year-old filmmaker from Bilbao to make his feature-length directorial debut: Cuando dejes de quererme (lit. “When You Stop Loving Me”) stars a top-drawer cast that includes the much sought-after Miki Esparbé (freshly arrived from shooting Las distancias in Berlin – read more), Antonio Dechent, Flor Torrente, Eduardo Blanco and Joaquín Climent (currently on the cinema listings in the Álex de la Iglesia hit The Bar [+see also:
interview: Alex de la Iglesia
The plot of this thriller introduces us to 36-year-old Laura, who has lived in Buenos Aires with her stepfather Fredo since she was four, when her mother left Durango (Biscay) with her, following her father’s disappearance under mysterious circumstances: everything pointed to him walking out on them, as he had previously emptied the family bank account.
One day, Laura receives a phone call from Spain: the body of her father has been found, buried in a forest in the Basque Country. The forensic tests confirm that Félix Careaga died 37 years ago, killed by a gunshot to the back of the neck. Laura then decides to fly to Spain to carry out her mother’s unfulfilled wish: before dying from cancer, she said she wanted her ashes to be scattered in a valley in Durango. Fredo accompanies her, and together with an insurance agent, they will begin to investigate who murdered her father.
With a screenplay by Asier Guerricaechevarría, Jon Iriarte and Javier Echániz, and a soundtrack composed by Lucio Godoy, Cuando dejes de quererme is a co-production between Spanish outfit Centuria Films and Argentina’s CEPA Audiovisual, with the involvement of TVE and backing from the ICAA. It is currently being filmed in Argentina and Spain (the Basque Country and Navarre).
(Translated from Spanish)