Agustí Villaronga, one of the versatile of higher-profile Spanish auteurs, is hooked up to direct “Purgatory,” a undertaking which can be introduced at Locarno’s Match Me! Occasion by Nati Escobar at Spain’s Galápagos Media.
“Purgatory” activates Father Tomás, a scholar of historical historical past and biblical theology despatched to a distant sanatorium as a penance for his sins. There, the priest discovers that the small neighborhood appears to be entranced by the teachings of a affected person.
A title to trace at Match Me!, a big networking occasion, “Purgatory” guarantees a research of the frontiers between religion and superstition, conviction and manipulation.
The undertaking can be produced by director-producer Pau Calpe and Nati Escobar at Spain’s Galápagos Media and co-produced by Xavier Crespo at Dacsa Produccions. Calpe has simply directed “Tros,” a Movie Manufacturing unit-sold drama thriller.. Galápagos has been not too long ago concerned within the co-production of Icíar Bollaín’s “Yuli.”
“Once I learn the script, what attracted me probably the most was the oblique exploration of how a sect originates and particularly the splits that come from the Catholic Church,” Villaronga informed Selection, including: “I say this with a sure private implication since I spent 13 years at a Jesuit faculty. In ‘Purgatory,’ many elements are touched upon –the secrecy and manipulation throughout the Church, its characters’ disaster of religion, the spirituality that rises to the esoteric… and the seek for a brand new order.”
Villaronga (“The Stomach of the Sea,” “Unsure Glory”) is at the moment near wrapping manufacturing his first dramedy, “Loli Tormenta,” a bittersweet story produced by Barcelona’s Vilaüt Movies, co-producers of Carla Simón’s Berlin Golden Bear winner “Alcarràs,” and the Basque Nation’s Irusoin, behind Spain’s Oscar submission “The Infinite Trench.”
Escobar is certainly one of three Spanish producers chosen to take part at this yr’s Match Me! version. “We’re curious about arthouse, low-budget tasks, whatever the taking pictures language. Primarily modern dramas meant for grownup and concrete audiences,” she mentioned.
A second title in Galápagos’ manufacturing slate is “Sea Males,” an outline of a “world that’s coming to an finish,” Escobar mentioned. The characteristic is ready on the Sole Financial institution, a sand financial institution between the south of England and the North Sea. “When Spain joined the European Union in 1986, there have been greater than 400 Spanish vessels fishing on this fishing floor. Right now there are solely 80,” she defined, including that the story will give attention to a cab driver accompanying her ailing fisherman father on his perhaps final journey to Sole Financial institution.