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Joan Frank Charansonnet transforms into another Salvador Dalí


- Filming is currently underway on El caso Ángelus, la fascinación de Dalí, a surrealist comedy with touches of intrigue starring and directed by the actor and filmmaker

Joan Frank Charansonnet transforms into another Salvador Dalí
Actor and director Joan Frank Charansonnet on the set of El caso Ángelus, la fascinación de Dalí

Filming began at the beginning of April in Alt Empordà on El caso Ángelus, la fascinación de Dalí by Joan Frank Charansonnet (Memoria de telares) and will continue until 27 April. The filmmaker, as well as directing, plays the famous artist in front of the camera in this film of intrigue with touches of surrealist comedy. The cast is completed by Montse Alcoverro, Ricard Balada, Esther Nubiola, Eduard Alejandre, Joan Massotkleiner, Silvia Sabaté, Ramòn Godino, Miquel Sitjar, Júlia Creus, Montse Ribadellas, Alain Chipot, Elena Codó, Jaume Montané and Dodi de Miquel, with the special participation of Nuria Hosta and Enrique del Pozo.

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The film shows the fascination Salvador Dalí always had for Millet's painting The Angelus, which led him to write an essay entitled The Tragic Myth of the Angelus, published in 1963. Based on this premise, the film delves into the intriguing and mysterious painter through his years researching the origins of the painting, which concealed a dark and tragic secret.

The plot of the film tells the story of how, while organising a surprise birthday party for one of his friends - a spectacle typical of the 1960s, with swans, dancers and music by Rimsky Korsakov - Dalí is visited by a journalist who wants to interview him about one of the most intriguing periods of his life: the sudden reappearance of an essay that the painter had written more than 20 years earlier and which had been lost when he fled from France, after the Nazis invaded.

According to Charansonnet, "this film fulfils a dream I have been pursuing for years: playing the role of the Empordà genius is one of the most exciting challenges of my career and, at the same time, an honour and a great responsibility. In El caso Ángelus, la fascinación de Dalí we try to humanise the figure of one of the most universal personalities in our history, without forgetting his eccentricities".

His reinterpretation of the Cadaqués genius joins other recent interpretations including Esperando a Dalí, a film by David Pujol that is yet to be released (read news of the filming); that of Ben Kingsley and Ezra Miller (in his youth) in Dalíland, a film currently in post-production, directed by the Canadian Mary Harron; and Miss Dalí, by Ventura Pons; and other past films such as Dalí (1991), a biopic by Antoni Ribas, with Lorenzo Quinn bringing to life the unique artist with the distinctive moustache.

El caso Ángelus, la fascinación de Dalí is a film by Patchouli Films, with the associate production of Vivir Rodando and the participation of Thomas Spieker as co-producer. The locations where this film is being shot include Farinera Sant Lluís (Pont de Molins), Cadaqués, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Puig-Reig, Gironella, Llinars del Vallès, Rajadell and Barcelona.

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(Translated from Spanish by Vicky York)

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