Velilla’s ugly people start shooting
by Sergio Ríos Pérez
Ugly people can also fall in love and be happy. Eliseo is a balding man in his 40s with a limp while Nati has had a mastectomy and is separated (from Eliseo’s brother, to make matters worse) in Nacho G. Velilla’s new comedy Que Se Mueran Los Feos (“Let the Ugly People Die”). The film’s seven-and-a-half-week shoot starts today and will take place in various locations in Aragon and Madrid.
This marks the second foray into cinema for Velilla, who began his career in television, following the immense success of his feature debut, Chef’s Special [+see also:
film profile]. In 2008, the film became the second biggest 100% Spanish hit of the year, garnering just under 900,000 admissions (€5.11m in box office revenue) and selling to over 50 territories.
Que Se Mueran Los Feos is produced by Velilla for his company Mediometrini and by Mercedes Gamero for Antena 3 Films. This combination of comedy, well-known TV personalities and Antena’s production and promotion expertise has led to hits such as Chef’s Special, Brain Drain [+see also:
film profile] and Road to Santiago [+see also:
One of the new film’s strong points is its outstanding cast, comprising oddball couple Javier Cámara and Carmen Machi alongside Hugo Silva, Tristán Ulloa, Juan Diego, Ingrid Rubio, María Pujalte and Chus Lampreave. The screenplay was co-written by Velilla, Oriol Capel, David S. Olivas and Antonio Sánchez.
Warner Bros. is hoping to release Que Se Mueran Los Feos in spring 2010.
(Translated from Spanish)
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