Daniel Sánchez Arévalo wraps filming on My Family and Other Hooligans
by Sergio Ríos Pérez
- The director of Dark Blue Almost Black has finished filming his fourth feature, produced by Atípica Films, Mod Producciones, and Antena 3 Films, and to be distributed in 2013 by Warner Bros
Yesterday, Thursday October 11, Madrid-born director and screenwriter Daniel Sánchez Arévalo (photo) finished shooting his fourth feature, the comedy My Family and Other Hooligans (original title: La gran familia española). Filming for this Atípica Films (Primos [+see also:
film profile], Grupo 7 [+see also:
film profile]), Mod Producciones (Ágora [+see also:
film profile], Fin) and Antena 3 Films production kicked off on August 27 (read more) and continued in different locations near Madrid.
The film's screenplay is written by Sánchez Arévalo, as is the case for all of the director’s previous works, and tells the story of a wedding celebrated on the day of the South Africa World Cup final between Spain and Holland. On this day of collective catharsis, while the country comes to a standstill, a family of five brothers with biblical names (Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, and Ephraim) also have to focus on the most important catches of their lives.
The cast includes familiar faces from the director’s other films like Antonio de la Torre and Quim Gutiérrez, as well as Verónica Echegui, Roberto Álamo, and Miquel Fernández, among others.
Although there was an underlying comic tone to both his first (Dark Blue Almost Black, 2006) and, especially, second films (Fat People [+see also:
interview: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
Interview with Daniel Sánchez-Arévalo,…
film profile], 2009), Cousinhood (2011) was the first in which Sánchez Arévalo decided to go for a “comedy comedy”, as he himself described it. Its success (over €3.5m) seems to have convinced him to continue on the same track. It also encouraged Antena 3 Films, the production company with the greatest talent for discovering comedies (it co-produced Torrente 4, Woody Allen’s Spanish films, and the two parts of Brain Drain [+see also:
film profile] among others), to take part in his latest project which, thanks to this, enjoyed notable media coverage, although perhaps not so much budget-wise (€3.2m).
Vicente Canales’ Film Factory, one of the reference sales agencies for Spanish cinema, is handling the film's international sales. This week the agency also confirmed that it had acquired Daniel Calparsoro’s Combustión (read more), as well as Álex de la Iglesia’s Las brujas de Zugarramurdi (read more).
Warner Bros España, who participated in the film’s production, are to release it in cinemas in 2013.
(Translated from Spanish)
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