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Seville serves as the backdrop for Manuel Martín Cuenca’s The Mobile

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- The man behind Cannibal is currently filming his fifth movie in the Andalucian capital, toplined by Javier Gutiérrez, María León and Antonio de la Torre

Seville serves as the backdrop for Manuel Martín Cuenca’s The Mobile
On the set of The Mobile (© Julio Vergne)

Based on the novel of the same name by Javier Cercas,  The Mobile [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Manuel Martín Cuenca
film profile
]
 is presently being shot in Seville and will be film number five for Manuel Martín Cuenca, whose previous feature, Cannibal [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Manuel Martín Cuenca
film profile
]
, was presented at the 2013 San Sebastián Film Festival (where it picked up the Best Cinematography Award, thanks to the work of Pau Esteve Birba). Similarly to Cannibal, Antonio de la Torre plays the lead once again; this time he is joined by Javier Gutiérrez (with whom he appeared in Marshland [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alberto Rodríguez
film profile
]
) and María León, backed up by Mexican actors Tenoch Huerta and Adriana Paz.

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With a screenplay penned by Cuenca himself, along with his trusty writing partner, Alejandro Hernández, The Mobile will tell the story of a man called Álvaro, an aspiring novelist who has just got divorced from a best-selling author. But when he realises he is lacking in talent, he will start to manipulate the lives of those around him in order to turn reality into a source of inspiration for his fictional stories. “The important thing isn’t knowing whether or not the character has become a great author, but rather his efforts and his obsession with the art of crafting words and making them a reality,” notes the director.

The film is being produced by the filmmaker himself through his own outfit, La Loma Blanca PC, in conjunction with Lazona Films and Icónica Producciones, and is also benefiting from backing from the ICAA, the Regional Government of Andalucía, Canal Sur and TVE. The movie is about “a lack of talent and the effort to create, which is something that can be taken very seriously by those of us who work in this field, but I don’t think it should be taken too seriously; that’s why we’ve decided to make light of it, with all its intensity and anguish, and we’ve opted to portray it in an ironic fashion. That was what attracted me so strongly to the book: its accurate description of a life that is both methodical and brimming with passion, but which is also fairly dull and awkward,” the director concludes.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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