Posted on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Last time we saw Belén Rueda in a Guillermo del Toro-produced film, it was The Orphanage, which premiered at the Toronto Film Fest in 2007. Now Rueda is back in another GdT film: Julia’s Eyes, directed by Guillem Morales (The Uncertain Guest). A Spanish-language trailer has been floating around for a while, but now there is a subtitled version, which is very much worth a look.
Further cementing the relationship between this film and The Orphanage is the fact that both films were shot by cinematographer Óscar Faura. Hard to argue with that choice; his lens seems apt for this film, just as his cinematography was one of the best aspects of The Orphanage.
I wasn’t as wild about The Orphanage as some were, but it’s getting to the point where I anticipate GdT-produced films (this, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) just as much as I do his directorial projects. There are so few people these days who are really trying properly atmospheric horror. And there’s seemingly a good little giallo influence here, which I always respond to.
Julia’s Eyes will play as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival. Here’s the fest’s description:
Julia, a woman suffering from a degenerative eye disease, finds her blind twin sister Sara hanged in the basement of her house. Julia decides to investigate what she feels is a murder case, entering a dark world that seems to hide a mysterious presence. As Julia begins to uncover the terrifying truth about her sister’s death, her sight deteriorates further, until a series of unexplained deaths and disappearances cross her path. The film stars Bele?n Rueda and Lluis Homar.
This is the newer, subtitled version of the trailer. Underneath is a much better quality embed of the unsubbed version. Take your pick.