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Gala Gracia makes her feature film debut with Lo que queda de ti

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- Carlo D'Ursi heads the co-production of this film, which has just started shooting and stars Laia Manzanares and Ángela Cervantes

Gala Gracia makes her feature film debut with Lo que queda de ti
Ángela Cervantes and Laia Manzanares in Lo que queda de ti

Filming has begun on Lo que queda de ti, a film written and directed by first-time feature film director (after directing several award-winning shorts) Gala Gracia and starring Laia Manzanares (The Realm [+see also:
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) and Ángela Cervantes (nominated for a Goya a year ago for Chavalas [+see also:
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and this year for The Maternal [+see also:
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) The film tells the story of young Sara (played by Manzanares) who, after the sudden death of her father, gives up her future as a jazz pianist in New York to face her family's past as an organic livestock farmer in the Pyrenees. An exotic mix of music, rural surroundings and family ties that create a story about the strength of going back to your roots.

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"Gala Gracia is an artist full of nuances sculpted by the wind and the cold of the Pyrenees. I was struck by her great ability to bring a highly personal story to a universal setting, through a subject she knows as well as organic livestock farming, as she still keeps the flock of sheep she inherited from her father”, Carlo D’Ursi, of Potenza Producciones, told Cineuropa. “And this co-production came about naturally, because there are foreign characters in the film, so I was able to use our regular co-producers such as Fado Filmes (this is the fifth film we have made together) and new ones such as Sajama Films. We also have top Italian and Portuguese technicians who add another dimension to the film with an international outlook in its narrative."

"The filming primarily takes place in Huesca, with parts in Catalonia and Madrid. The main natural location, the main character's house where she keeps her flock of sheep, is in the Huesca Pyrenees. A stunningly beautiful environment where everywhere you look there is no trace of civilisation," the producer adds. “And indeed, Lo que queda de ti follows in the wake of recent country-themed hits such as Alcarràs [+see also:
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, The Beasts [+see also:
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and Suro [+see also:
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, and also not so recent ones such as Summer 1993 [+see also:
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and the famous August, with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. It does so, however, by adding a narrative layer such as contemporary European jazz music, which will resonate from the Pyrenees in a rural musical journey that I hope will surprise the viewer."

Lo que queda de ti is a film by Potenza Producciones in co-production with the Spanish company Bastian Films, the Portuguese company Fado Filmes, and the Italian companies Sajama Films (Pilar Saavedra Perrotta) and Garbo Produzioni (Maite Bulgari). With the collaboration of Movistar Plus+, RTVE, TV3, Aragón Televisión and Televisión Castilla La Mancha; and with the support of the ICAA, Community of Madrid, Government of Aragón,  Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha, Ibermedia and Madrid City Council. The film will be distributed in Spain by Karma Films.

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(Translated from Spanish by Vicky York)

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