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“A typical New York story” for Jorge Torregrossa’s second film

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- The young director from Alicante filmed La vida inesperada in New York and Valencia, written by Elvira Lindo and starring Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo and Carmen Ruiz

“A typical New York story” for Jorge Torregrossa’s second film

The young director Jorge Torregrossa (photo) finished shooting for what will be his second feature length film entitled La vida inesperada just a few weeks ago. The film stars Spain’s most in vogue actor Javier Cámara, who between March and April was the star of two new films (I’m So Excited by Pedro Almodóvar and Ayer no termina nunca [+see also:
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 by Isabel Coixet) and has shot, or is in the middle of shooting two more (this one by Torregrossa and Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados by David Trueba).

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Filming lasted six weeks and took place between New York and Valencia. The dialogue alternated between English and Castilian. Ruleta Media, La Vida Inesperada A.I.E and LVI INC (which belongs to Bullet Pictures L.L.C) are the producers, with participation from TVE.

The story of La vida inesperada centres around Juanito, a Spanish actor who has gone to New York to seek his fortune. As the years go by and his dreams do not come true, he is forced to make money any way he can. One day, his cousin visits. He appears to be successful, but their cohabitation will reveal something quite different. 

Beyond Cámara, the comedy’s cast is made up of Raul Arévalo, Carmen Ruiz and Americans Tammy Blanchard and Sarah Sokolovic.

La vida inesperada’s original screenplay was written by Elvira Lindo, who said “this is no random topic. It is a typical New York story, that of a young man arriving in this city with a dream, and ten years later, he has grown up and realises that the time life gives you for certain projects runs out.”  

Torregrossa’s debut film, Fin [+see also:
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, produced by Mod Producciones and Apaches Entertainment, was welcomed as one of the great promises of Spanish cinema in 2012, even if the film’s end result was quite discreet (220,000 spectators and €1.48 million).

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(Translated from Spanish)

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