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Kike Maíllo adapts The Enemy's Cosmetique as A Perfect Enemy

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- The Spaniard is directing this psychological thriller based on the famous novel by France’s Amélie Nothomb; it will star Marta Nieto, Tomasz Kot, Athena Strates and Dominique Pinon

Kike Maíllo adapts The Enemy's Cosmetique as A Perfect Enemy
Actor Tomasz Kot during the shoot for A Perfect Enemy

Toro [+see also:
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, a movie toplined by Mario Casas, Luis Tosar and José Sacristán, was released four years ago, and nine years have passed since the futuristic Eva [+see also:
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collected three Goya Awards after first being unveiled at the Sitges Film Festival in 2011. At that same Catalonian gathering, which specialises in fantasy and horror fare, but at its upcoming edition, set to unspool in autumn this year, audiences will get the chance to see the new film by Kike Maíllo, who directed both of the aforementioned flicks. This one will bear the international title A Perfect Enemy, and it is an adaptation of the best-selling novel The Enemy's Cosmetique by French author Amélie Nothomb. It stars an international cast comprising Spanish actress Marta Nieto (who toplines Madre [+see also:
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, by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, which has just been released in France), Poland’s Tomasz Kot, South Africa’s Athena Strates and French thesp Dominique Pinon.

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Shot at various locations in Reus, Barcelona, Paris and Frankfurt, the film adaptation was penned by Maíllo himself, Cristina Clemente (who previously worked with the filmmaker on his feature debut) and Fernando Navarro (Verónica [+see also:
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). The synopsis revolves around a successful architect, Jeremiasz Angust, who misses his flight because of a young woman who approaches him in the airport and won't stop pestering him; from that point on, both characters strike up a conversation that, even though it may seem coincidental, soon spirals into something much more sinister and criminal.

Other Spanish features set to unspool at the 53rd Sitges Film Festival are the historical title The Barcelona Vampiress [+see also:
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by Lluís Danés, starring Nora Navas as the titular vampire; Cross the Line [+see also:
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, the high-octane new thriller by David Victori, with Mario Casas in the lead role (see the news); and Malnazidos, a military-themed zombie comedy helmed by Javier Ruíz Caldera and Alberto del Toro, boasting a cast that includes Miki EsparbéAura GarridoLuis CallejoÁlvaro CervantesJesús Carroza and María Botto, and which will have the honour of opening the gathering on 8 October.

A Perfect Enemy is a European co-production between Sábado Películas (Spain), The Project (France) and Barry Films (Germany), which saw the involvement of RTVE, TV3 and Treehouse Pictures. It has also secured backing from the ICAA, ICEC, ESCAC, Hessen Film Fund and DFFF. Its international sales have been entrusted to Pulsar Content.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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