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Rodrigo Cortés directing Uma Thurman

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- The US actress is toplining the cast of the fourth film by the director of Buried, a horror movie entitled Down a Dark Hall, which is currently being shot in the Canary Islands

Rodrigo Cortés directing Uma Thurman
Director Rodrigo Cortés

On Monday 5 December, the English-language shoot for Down a Dark Hall [+see also:
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, the fourth feature by Galician director Rodrigo Cortés, began in the historical centre of Las Palmas (Gran Canaria). After the director banked on top Hollywood actors to topline his previous suspense films, Buried [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Rodrigo Cortés
film profile
]
and Red Lights [+see also:
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interview: Rodrigo Cortés
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]
- Ryan Reynolds in the former, and Robert de Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, Cilian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver in the latter – Tarantinian muse Uma Thurman is now clearly the strongest and most attractive name among the cast of this co-production between Spain and the United States.

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The horror movie is based on the novel of the same name, written in 1974 by Lois Duncan (I Know What You Did Last Summer), who passed away recently, and boasts a chiefly female cast, also comprising Anna Sophia Robb, Rosie Day, Kirsty Mitchell, Victoria Moroles, Isabelle Fuhrman, Noah Silver, Taylor Russell and Jim Sturgeon. The film is a production by Atresmedia Cine and Nostromo Pictures (Palm Trees in the Snow [+see also:
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), in conjunction with US outfits Lionsgate, Temple Hill Entertainment and Fickle Fish Films.

The plot of the film, with a screenplay written by Michael Goldbach and Chris Sparling (Buried), featuring generous helpings of Gothic and supernatural elements, follows the story of young girl Kit Gordy as she excitedly starts at an exclusive private school for girls, housed in a mansion called Blackwood Hall, which is shrouded in dark legends. There, her nightmare begins – a nightmare in which the headmistress (played by Thurman) will play a key role.

With part of its shoot taking place in Barcelona, Down a Dark Hall will feature a soundtrack composed by Emmy-winning Salamanca native Víctor Reyes (Grand Piano [+see also:
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interview: Eugenio Mira
film profile
]
), visual effects by Álex Villagrasa (REC [+see also:
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interview: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
interview: Julio Fernández
film profile
]
) and special effects by Pau Costa (A Monster Calls [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Juan Antonio Bayona
film profile
]
).

(Translated from Spanish)

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