David Hebrero gira Y todos arderán
- Ultimi giorni di riprese per questo film indipendente con Macarena Gómez, Rodolfo Sancho, Rubén Ochandiano e Ana Milan alla guida del cast
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“A spiritual successor to Rosemary’s Baby” is how David Hebrero describes his second feature following Dulcinea, a horror-drama entitled Y todos arderán (lit. “And They’ll All Burn”). In addition, the filmmaker asserts that it will emit whiffs of the Italian giallo and Spanish fantaterror genres, as well as absorbing and exuding unashamedly obvious influences from the juggernauts of contemporary fantastical film, such as Álex de la Iglesia, Ari Aster and Robert Eggers (The Witch [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Ángel Gómez
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Filmed during March, with principal photography set to continue until 6 April in various locations in the provinces of Madrid and Ávila, and with a screenplay penned by the director in tandem with Javier Kirán, this independent production by outfit Nostalgia Shop Films will tell of how María José (played by Macarena Gómez, who describes her character as “a suffering, extremely bitter woman who is still coming to terms with the past, and who has never been able to overcome a major trauma”), whose son committed suicide after being bullied at school and whose husband recently left her, decides to follow in the little boy’s footsteps and throw herself into the void from the same bridge as he did… But at that very moment, she meets Lucía (Sofía García), a girl suffering from acondroplasia, a disorder that her son also had, and she resolves to put off her suicide in order to help her find her parents.
In the process, she will find out that this girl is special, while at the same time the authorities are becoming alarmed by a string of tragedies that have been occurring in the area, ranging from untimely deaths to other inexplicable incidents, such as the sudden loss of harvests. The priest is convinced that Lucía is the seed of evil, in accordance with the prophecies of an ancient local legend, and – with a black moon about to appear in the sky – he will do everything in his power to apprehend her. But he hadn’t counted on María José being there to protect her, whatever the cost, with no regard for the consequences…
“What I think is the most beautiful and ambitious thing about this project is the epic-horror character that it possesses: it’s a film on a grand scale considering the small-scale nature of the production, as it’s being made with the same crew I used a year ago to shoot the short Paralelos. For many of them, it’s their first feature, while for others, it’s their first big film. There’s a familiar feeling to how bonkers the movie is,” states Hebrero. “It’s inspired by the horror flicks of the 1960s and the musicals of the 1950s, although it doesn’t have any songs in it. It’s quite a strange fusion, but we all wanted to shoot it as if it were a musical and bring to mind that classic brand of cinema, even if it’s a highly entertaining movie that encompasses drama and the hard-hitting craziness of modern horror.”
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