Carlota Martínez Pereda’s Piggy to be turned into a feature
- After garnering myriad prizes with her terrifying short of the same name, the Spanish filmmaker is stretching the tension out into a feature that has just started principal photography
On 17 June, filming began in Villanueva de la Vera (Cáceres, Extremadura) for Piggy [+see also:
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This raw, tense suspense film stars Laura Galán (who previously performed in the short Piggy and has also appeared in movies of the likes of Secret Origins [+see also:
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“I wrote this story in order to face up to my fear: a fear that stems from real life… Because being a teenager can be terrifying,” explains the director. “Piggy is the story of Sara: I know her, I know who she is, where she comes from and what she’s been through. When that happens, you can’t move on until you let the story out into the world, and it stops living in your head and becomes everyone’s property.”
The screenplay depicts how, for Sara, summer entails having to put up with the other girls in her town and their constant jibes… But it all stops when a stranger turns up and kidnaps the bullies. Sara knows more than she lets on, and she will have to decide between talking and rescuing the girls, or saying nothing in order to protect the stranger who has saved her.
“I’m lucky enough to be able to enjoy this journey with a marvellous team that shares my love for our characters and for their conflicts, and we all have a passion to tell stories from a place of emotion and enjoyment, reflecting something we all know, which we can relate to and which is very much part of us. Because Piggy is a rural thriller under the beating sun of the Extremaduran summer, with Calippo ice lollies, siestas, bulls, open-air dances, women sat in the cool of the shade and, of course, the fear of what people might say,” sums up the first-time director.
Piggy is being produced by Morena Films together with Backup Studio (France) and Cerdita AIE, in conjunction with La Banque Postale and Indéfilms. It boasts the involvement of RTVE and Movistar+, and the support of Eurimages, Creative Europe - MEDIA and the Community of Madrid. At the project stage, it was selected by the Cannes Film Festival, as part of the Focus CoPro initiative, and it won at the Pop Up Residency for feature development. Filmax will take care of distributing it in Spanish theatres.
(Translated from Spanish)
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