Rodrigo Sorogoyen prolongs a mother’s grief in Madre
by Alfonso Rivera
- Based on Mother, the short film that earned the director of The Realm the Goya Award, and featuring the same crew and lead actress, the feature-length movie wrapped shooting last month in Landes
If there’s one filmmaker in Spain who insists on perturbing audiences with subjects that have a direct and profound effect on them, it’s Rodrigo Sorogoyen. We only need think of his three features (as a solo director) released so far – Stockholm [+see also:
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film profile] – or recall the unease that his short film Mother, which scooped the Forqué and Goya Awards in that particular category last year after competing at the Toronto Film Festival, instilled in the viewer. Now the Madrilenian director is teaming up once again with the same crew who made that short a reality and the same actress who starred in it, Marta Nieto, in order to lead us into even more intense emotional territory with Madre, the feature, which he wrapped principal photography on at the end of November. Shooting for the drama lasted six weeks and took place in Landes (France) and Madrid.
The film, which is currently in post-production, is a Spanish-French co-production, with dialogue in both French and Spanish, which boasts a screenplay penned by Sorogoyen and his regular writing partner, Isabel Peña. In it, we become reacquainted with the same character of a woman who lost her son when he was about to go surfing with his father on the French coast. According to the synopsis provided by the producers, “Elena lost her six-year-old son Iván on a French beach. Now she lives on that very same beach and is beginning to emerge from the dark tunnel she has been stuck inside all this time.” The team behind it claims that the idea for this feature predated the development of the short film, which has already been released and festooned with awards both within Spain and abroad.
Madre – the cast of which is topped off by Álex Brendemühl, Frédéric Pierrot, Anne Consigny and Jules Porier – is being produced by Malvalanda, Caballo Films, Arcadia Motion Pictures, Amalur Pictures, Noodles Productions (France) and Le Pacte (France), and it has secured backing from RTVE, Movistar + and Canal+ France. Wanda Visión will release it in autumn 2019, most likely after it has taken part in a major festival during the month of September, such as Toronto, Venice or San Sebastián.
(Translated from Spanish)
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