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Yucatán: Daniel Monzón comes back to comedy

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- The new film by the director of El niño and Cell 211 is in the final stages of post-production and marks his return to the comedy genre

Yucatán: Daniel Monzón comes back to comedy
Director Daniel Monzón

Although its title might imply that it is a historical film, Yucatán is actually a comedy. Director Daniel Monzón previously mentioned the movie to us three years ago, when Cineuropa chatted to him in Madrid upon the release of El niño [+see also:
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interview: Daniel Monzón
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]
: at that time, the filmmaker was writing the screenplay for a film that would attempt to tickle the audience’s funny bone, in much the same way as his 2002 effort The Biggest Robbery Never Told did. And it seems as though it is already becoming a reality, as the movie is in post-production after a shoot that took place in the spring in Madrid, Barcelona, the Canary Islands, Brazil, Mexico and Casablanca (Morocco) with a clutch of actors including Galician thesp Luis Tosar, Canary Islander Toni Acosta, Peru’s Stephanie Cayo, Catalan actor Joan Pera and Argentina’s Rodrigo de la Serna (who was nominated for the Goya Award for To Steal from a Thief [+see also:
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, where he performed alongside Tosar).

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With a storyline penned by Monzón himself and his loyal co-screenwriter Jorge GuerricaechevarríaYucatán unfolds on board a cruise ship operating a route between Barcelona and the titular Mexican peninsula, stopping over in the Canaries, Morocco and Brazil. Two scamps have found work in this floating world and spend their time swindling unsuspecting travellers: they used to be friends back in the mists of time, but a beautiful woman created an ocean-sized abyss between them. In this film, Luis Tosar (who is working with Monzón again after he appeared in Heart of the WarriorCell 211 [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Daniel Monzón
film profile
]
and El niño) sings and dances, and will surely elicit fits of laughter in this comedy with a classic feel but peppered with moments of lunacy, irony, adventure, drama and suspense.

The film’s crew is rounded off by Roque Baños (1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines [+see also:
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), who composed the soundtrack; Cristina Pastor (The Tunnel Gang [+see also:
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), who is taking care of the editing; Antón Laguna (El guardián invisible [+see also:
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]
), in charge of production design; and Serafín González (The Fury of a Patient Man [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Raúl Arévalo
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]
), who is overseeing the art direction.

Yucatán is being produced by Telecinco Cinema and Ikiru Films, with the involvement of Mediaset España and Movistar +. The film will be released in 2018, courtesy of Buena Vista International, and Film Factory Entertainment will helm its international sales.

(Translated from Spanish)

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