Principal images has wrapped in Spain’s La Rioja area on Isabel Coixet’s romantic drama “Un Amor,” a story of obsessive ardour that forces the movie’s protagonist to rethink the lady she thought she was. The 2023 Goya actress winner Laia Costa (“Lullaby”) stars reverse Hovik Keuchkerian (“Money Heist”); Film Constellation handles world gross sales. A gross sales promo can be unveiled for consumers in Cannes.
Based on the best-selling novel by Sara Mesa, chosen by influential Spanish newspaper “El PaÍs” as Spain’s 2020 Book of the Year and translated into 13 languages internationally, “Un Amor” activates Nat (Costa), 30, a translator who escapes the massive metropolis to begin anew within the countryside.
Taking refuge in La Escapa, a hamlet, remoted by the hostility of her landlord and villagers’ mistrust, she surprises herself by accepting an unsettling sexual proposal from neighbor Andreas. “From this strange and conflicting encounter sparks a devouring and obsessive passion that will consume Nat fully, forcing her to question the woman she though she was,” the synopsis says.
“Un Amor” is a shifting account of existential doubt and the transformative energy of carnal need, exploring the subversive nature of gender roles, in response to Film Constellation.
“The moment I read ‘Un Amor,’ I felt an overwhelming need to put the story on film,” Coixet has mentioned. She added: “It dares us to rethink our perception of love and all its synonyms: Passion, despair, unease, fear and redemption, and drove me to ask myself: Is seduction an innocent weapon? When does this weapon turn on the one who wields it? Nat’s journey is intimate, raw and provocative…and there’s nothing I like more than a challenge!”
Costa (“Only You,” “Piercing,” “Victoria) stars with Keuchkerian who won critical praise and a Forqué Award for his performance in Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “Riot Police.”
Written by Spanish novelist and short-story author Laura Ferrero (“What Are You Going To Do With the Rest of Your Life,” Empty Pools”) and Coixet, “Un Amor” is produced by Buenapinta Media’s Marisa Fernández Armenteros and Perdición Films’ Sandra Hermida and Belén Atienza.
Behind Oscar-nominated “The Mole Agent” and “Lullaby,” which gained 2023 Goya Awards this February for greatest first movie, greatest actress (“Costa) and greatest supporting actress (Susi Sanchez), Fernández Armenteros is certainly one of 5 Spanish producers who can be featured at a Marché du Film Producers Breakfast Spotlight on Spain, a part of Cannes’ Country of Honor focus.
Hermida and Atienza are producing J.A. Bayona’s launch “The Society of the Snow,” certainly one of Netflix’s largest upcoming Spanish-language releases. They produced Bayona’s “The Impossible,” starring Naomi Watts and Tom Holland, and Sergio G. Sánchez’s “Marrowbone,” with Anya Taylor-Joy and George MacKay.