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Ballesteros returns on the green in the shoes of young golfer José Luis Gutiérrez

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- Brit director John Paul Davidson is in Cantabria for the filming of Seve, a blend between documentary and fiction which should be released on the international market in April 2014

Ballesteros returns on the green in the shoes of young golfer José Luis Gutiérrez

Since September 23, the biography of one of the most famous Spanish sportsmen, Severiano Ballesteros (photo), is being filmed. This feature, entitled Seve and directed by John Paul Davidson, a television documentary specialist, will be set in Cantabria, the home region of Ballesteros, notably in Santander, Comillas and Pedreña.

Ballesteros, who died in 2011 from a brain tumour, is a golf legend whose fame goes way beyond the borders of Spain. As such, Seve is a coproduction filmed in Spanish by a British director and brings together Spanish and British producers as well as teams from both countries. Amongst them, it is worth mentioning British composer Stephen Warbeck (who won an Oscar for his work on Shakespeare in Love) and the Indian editor who lives in England Tariq Anwar (winner of a BAFTA for American Beauty and nominated for an Oscar for his work on The King's Speech [+see also:
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). The film is produced by Reinassance Films and Fishcorb Films, in collaboration with Palamont Pictures.

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Ballesteros is played by young golfer José Luis Gutiérrez who, at the age of only 15, is one of the rising stars of Spanish golf. The screenplay, written by Tom Hodgson, indeed recounts the early days of the sportsman, his personal struggles and his rise from a humble background to the top of his sport. As explained by Davidson, the film blends documentary and fiction to allow the spectator to really “know Seve”.

Gutiérrez, in front of the camera for the first time, is surrounded by Quim Ávila, Maria Molins, José Navar, Alvar Gordejuela, Adrián Salzedo and Nil Cardoner.

The film will hit the international market in April 2014.

(Translated from Spanish)

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