Hugo Ruiz to premiere his feature debut, One Night With Adela, at Tribeca
- The tense revenge thriller, built around a single sequence shot, stars Laura Galán, the winner of a Goya Award for her work in Piggy
One Night With Adela [+see also:
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film profile] is the title of the first feature directed (and written) by Hugo Ruiz (who previously helmed shorts such as ¿Estás ahí? and Taxi fuera de servicio). It stars Laura Galán, the winner of the 2023 Goya Award for Best New Actress for her work in Carlota Pereda’s Piggy [+see also:
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film profile]. The film will begin its international run with a world premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival in New York (7-18 June).
The movie portrays the main character, her trauma and her only possible redemption, in the guise of revenge. Adela, a nighttime street sweeper in Madrid, is an empty shell, an unhappy and troubled person who, one night, after finishing her shift at work, will settle the score with those whom she considers to be to blame for turning her into such a wreck of a human. Filmed in a single sequence shot, it depicts a calculated, slow-cooked revenge by a woman who, once she reached her teenage years, discovered a secret that would forever change her life plans.
The cast also features Jimmy Barnatán (Shiver), Raudel Raúl (seen in the series Toy Boy), Rosalía Omil (the series Cuéntame) and Fernando Moraleda (The Vault [+see also:
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Matthew Barone, from Tribeca’s Midnight section, which will play host to the film, remarked: “A movie like this is a dream come true for any programmer: a surprising and unique debut that comes out of nowhere and captivates the viewer with its audacity, assuredness and confrontational nature. The Tribeca festival audience will be surprised at what Hugo Ruiz has achieved with this engrossing and uncompromising character study.”
Meanwhile, the lead actress remarked: “Being involved in One Night With Adela has been an incredible adventure right from the moment I read the screenplay and the director told me how he was thinking of shooting it – in one take. Stepping into the shoes of such a complex and damaged character, but also such a cruel one, who has spent so much time thinking about and imagining what this night would be like, was complicated.”
One Night With Adela features cinematography by Diego Trenas and an original score by Carlos Martín Jara, with original songs by Jimmy Barnatán, Litus and Oscar Rincón. It is being produced by Roberto Valentín Carrera, Pedro Azón Ramón y Cajal, Israel Luengo Arana, Hugo Ruiz and Fausto Arias Figuerola Ferretti for Muertos de Envidia Company, and co-produced by Tote Trenas for FTFcam, with Hugo Serra and JJ Montero acting as associate producers for the company #ConUnPack, which is in charge of the international sales and the movie’s Spanish distribution.
(Translated from Spanish)
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