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Nacho Vigalondo finalises Daniela Forever

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- Henry Golding and Beatrice Grannò head the cast of the dystopia about love, personal dilemmas and dreams that was filmed last year in Madrid

Nacho Vigalondo finalises Daniela Forever
Henry Golding and Beatrice Grannò in Daniela Forever

Daniela Forever is the title of the latest feature film by the hyperactive filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo, shot with a great deal of secrecy last year in Madrid and now in its final post-production phase. The film stars two internationally famous faces: British actor of Malaysian descent Henry Golding (breakout from Crazy Rich Asians, seen in the British films Monsoon [+see also:
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and Last Christmas [+see also:
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) and Roman Beatrice Grannò (breakout from the second season of the series The White Lotus, also seen in Security [+see also:
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and the series Zero [+see also:
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), and also features Spanish actors such as Aura Garrido (recently seen in Amanece), Rubén Ochandiano (last year in Lobo feroz [+see also:
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) and Nathalie Poza (winner of the Goya for Best Actress for Can't Say Goodbye [+see also:
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and Best Supporting Actress for Rosa's Wedding [+see also:
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, recently seen in the road movie Honeymoon and in the series La Unidad [+see also:
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).

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According to its producers, the film is Vigalondo's most personal project to date. A dystopia about love, personal dilemmas and dreams that tells the story of how life loses all meaning for Nicolas (played by Henry Golding) with the loss of his girlfriend Daniela (Beatrice Grannò). But one day he is invited to take part in a clinical trial that will allow him to control his dreams and he agrees in the hope of recovery. Now Nicolas can dream of Daniela every night and resume their relationship, more idyllic than ever... even if only in dreams. And at the risk of getting lost in them forever.

The Cantabrian Nacho Vigalondo (nominated for an Oscar in 2005 for his short film 7:35 in the Morning) is one of the most daring filmmakers in Spanish cinema thanks to a filmography that includes space-time shenanigans like his debut feature Timecrimes [+see also:
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, romantic comedies with flying saucers in the background like Extraterrestrial [+see also:
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and wonderful madness shot in North America like Colossal [+see also:
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, both selected in Toronto and San Sebastian. He has also worked on series, both as a director (in The Neighbor [+see also:
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and Historias para no dormir [+see also:
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) and as an actor (in The Other Side [+see also:
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, Veneno [+see also:
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and La Mesías [+see also:
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), and is currently working on the Netflix project Superestar, produced by Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo (read more).

Daniela Forever (with music by the duo Hidrogenesse, also behind the songs in the series La Mesías) is produced by Nahikari Ipiña and Nacho Vigalondo from Sayaka Producciones, in co-production with Benoit Roland from the Belgian company Wrong Men, Leire Apellaniz from Señor y Señora, Gustavo Ferrada from Mediacrest Entertainment and US company XYZ Films. The film has the participation of Filmin, Movistar Plus+ and Wallimage, as well as financing from the ICAA. Filmax will soon distribute the film in Spain and its international sales will be managed by XYZ Films.

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(Translated from Spanish by Vicky York)

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