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Filming is underway for Loli Tormenta by Agustí Villaronga

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- The Spanish filmmaker is currently filming his new feature film, a dramatic comedy starring Susi Sánchez

Filming is underway for Loli Tormenta by Agustí Villaronga
Susi Sánchez on the set of Loli Tormenta

Loli Tormenta, a dramatic comedy directed by Agustí Villaronga and starring Susi Sánchez, who we recently saw in the acclaimed film Lullaby [+see also:
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and who was elected Second Vice-President of the Spanish Film Academy a few weeks ago, as well as heading its new equality commission, is currently filming in Barcelona. The cast of the film will be completed by the young newcomers Joel Gálvez, Mor Ngom and Maria Anglada Sellarés, and the not so new Celso Bugallo (recently seen in The Good Boss [+see also:
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) and Fernando Esteso (who already worked with Villaronga in Uncertain Glory [+see also:
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).

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The film –the Spanish filmmaker’s first foray into the comedy genre– features a screenplay written by himself and comic author Mario Torrecillas, based on an original plot by the latter.

Its synopsis introduces Lola, Edgar and Robert's modern and chaotic grandmother, who took care of them after her daughter died a few years ago. The three of them live in a modest house on the outskirts of Barcelona, and nothing would suggest to them that their quiet life is about to drastically change. Because the woman has reached an advanced stage of Alzheimer's and the children, who do not want to be separated and end up in a foster home, will take care of her with great ingenuity and endless fantasy, hiding her illness. To do so, they will have to face, like Robert in his athletics competitions, more than 3,000 hurdles.

According to Villaronga, "we would like to try to appeal to the audience through narrative simplicity; this is a story that prioritises humour and tenderness but avoids easy sentimentality. My main working premise is that the film should convey the vision of an adult, but with the eyes of a child. The film goes hand in hand with the comic legacy of Spanish cinema masters: a humour that is not always black, but irreverent and surreal”, concludes the winner of two Goya awards for Black Bread [+see also:
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(presented in competition at San Sebastian, where it won the award for Best Actress) and whose latest work was the drama The Belly of the Sea [+see also:
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, which premiered at the IFFR and enjoyed success at last year’s Malaga Festival.

Loli Tormenta is film from IrusoinVilaüt Films and 3000 Obstáculos AIE, with the participation of RTVE, TV3 and Movistar+ and funding from the ICAA and the ICEC. It will be distributed in cinemas by Caramel Films and Youplanet Pictures, with international sales managed by Film Factory Entertainment. Also, according to the production companies, this is an environmentally conscious production. Creast, a pioneering Spanish company in reducing and measuring the carbon footprint, specialised in the audio-visual sector, has been involved in assessing and developing its sustainable filming.

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(Translated from Spanish by Vicky York)

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