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From Barcelona hip hop to Galician black humour

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Shooting on two Spanish productions – vastly different from one another both in terms of form and content – began recently.

The more realistic of the two, El truco del manco, unfolds in the margins of the big city of Barcelona, whereas black comedy Los muertos van deprisa is set in a tiny Galician village.

More in touch with youth culture, El truco del manco is being produced by Media Films and marks the feature debut by Santiago Zannou, who has previously directed several shorts and music videos.

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In fact, music plays an important role in the story of Enrique Heredia (“El Cuajo”), a true survivor whose hemiplegia prevents him from walking easily. With his friend Adolfo, he opens a music studio where they can earn a living by indulging in their shared passion: hip-hop. El Cuajo is played by El Langui, a singer with the gypsy hip hop band La Excepción, who were crowned Best Spanish Group in 2006 by MTV.

The six-week shoot will take place in Barcelona and the surrounding area.

Meanwhile, the small village of Rinlo is the setting for Los muertos van deprisa, directed by Angel de la Cruz and produced by Artemática Producciones, Perro Verde Films, Resonancia Postproducción and Cinematógrafo Films.

De la Cruz – who twice won the Goya for Best Animated Film (The Living Forest and Midsummer Dream [+see also:
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He describes the film as “an old-fashioned comedy, and at the same time a new genre, an American western with a popular undertone, in which magic realism serves as a catalyst for a hilarious plot".

The film will be distributed in theatres by Buena Vista International.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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