Film Factory Entertainment has acquired the international rights to “Loli Tormenta”, the next film from one of Spain’s greatest authors, Agustí Villaronga (“The Belly of the Sea”, “Uncertain Glory”). Filming is scheduled for the first week of July in Barcelona.
Caramel Films by Enrique González Kuhn distributes “Loli Tormenta” in Spain. It is co-produced by Irusoin from the Basque Country, which is behind Spain’s Oscar-winning “The Endless Trench”, and Vilaüt Films from Barcelona, who backed Carla Simón’s Berlin Golden Bear winner.” Alcarras”.
A bittersweet comedy-drama, “Loli Tormenta” focuses on the close relationship between Lola, a modern and sporty grandmother, with her grandsons. They have been living together since the death of the children’s mother, while their respective fathers are not interested in them. The humble life of this unexpected family from the outskirts of Barcelona passes without major surprises until they are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
“We are thrilled to be working with Agustí again following the success of ‘Uncertain Glory.’ We are relying on his expertise to deliver an original, original and fresh film. The script is a gem and we know the international market will love it,” said Vicente Canales of Film Factory.
Although the project has a dramatic premise, “it’s a tough story at its core. The tone will depend on Agustí, whether he wins in one territory or another,” Xabier Berzosa told Irusoin. “But I think he really wants the film to have light and optimism in its tough nature. With a director like Agustí, you’re happy to trust him blindly. That’s part of the game,” a- he added.
Villaronga’s long career spans a very wide range: from a scathing take on migration in “The Belly of the Sea”, which swept the board at the Malaga Festival in 2021, to the emotionally brutal drama of the Spanish Civil War” Black Bread” and the introspective horror film “Aro Tolbukhin in the Mind of a Killer,” to name just three titles.
Screenwriter Mario Torrecillas and Villaronga “decided not to make a film with a ‘transcendental’ aim. We would like to try to seduce the public with narrative simplicity. And tenderness and humor were crucial,” Villaronga said.
“It’s a challenge for me to play a comedy for the first time. I wanted to save the comic legacy of the masters of Spanish cinema, a humor that is not always dark but always irreverent and surreal, taking my hat off, from a distance, to Berlanga, Buñuel and Almodóvar,” Villaronga confessed.