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Mateo Gil gives us a lesson in Las leyes de la termodinámica

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- The director of Blackthorn and Realive takes his first steps in romantic comedy — with his own unique slant

Mateo Gil gives us a lesson in Las leyes de la termodinámica
(l-r) Berta Vázquez, Vito Sanz, Mateo Gil, Chino Darín and Vicky Luengo at the presentation of the shooting for Las leyes de la termodinámica

On 4 October, a seven-week shoot got under way in Barcelona and the surrounding area forThe Laws of Thermodynamics [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mateo Gil
film profile
]
, the fourth full-length feature from director Mateo Gil. Gil is well known as a close collaborator of Alejandro Amenábar (he was a co-writer on Thesis, Open Your Eyes, The Sea Inside [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
and Agora [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, winning a Goya apiece for the latter two). His previous directorial work includes the quirky thriller Nobody Knows Anybody, a western, Blackthorn [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, and the science fiction tearjerker Realive [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(read more
here): a Franco-Spanish co-production filmed in the Canary Islands and starring Oona Chaplin, Tom Hughes, Charlotte Le Bon and Barry Ward, which screened at the recent Sitges Film Festival and is set to hit cinemas in Spain in early 2017.

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The cast of The Laws of Thermodynamics comprises Vito Sanz (The Romantic Exiles [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jonás Trueba
film profile
]
, María (and Everyone Else) [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nely Reguera
film profile
]
), Berta Vázquez (much admired in her breakthrough role in Palm Trees in the Snow [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
), Chino Darín (the son of the star of Truman [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
interview: Cesc Gay
film profile
]
, who like his father is doing a lot of work in Spain these days—he’ll shortly be appearing in Fernando Trueba’s latest film, which you can learn more about here) and Vicky Luengo (Barcelona, Christmas Night [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
).

With a script crafted by the Canarian director himself, the film is a light-hearted look at the striking parallels between the laws of physics and the rules of love, showing how easily certain scientific ideas can be transposed to the context of relationships—or even, in some cases such as gravity or the ‘attraction force between two bodies’, applied literally. This is the premise for this romantic comedy in the guise of a documentary, the plot of which can be summed up as “insecure guy falls for unattainable woman.”

The Laws of Thermodynamics will be produced by Zeta Cinema and Atresmedia Cine in association with Televisió de Catalunya, Atresmedia ICAA and ICEC. Sony Pictures Releasing will be distributing the film in Spain.

(Translated from Spanish)

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