Briefly: In the US Antonio Banderas is thought of as an actor rather than a director. But he’s already made two features (Crazy in Alabama and Summer Rain) and is about to embark upon his third. Solo will be produced by and likely star Mr. Banderas as well, and it is a thriller with some sort of sci-fi element.
Variety says Solo will be “a psychological thriller with sci-fi touches turning on a Spanish colonel suffering post-conflict trauma.” Antonio Banderas will play the colonel, but we don’t have much more info other than that he says the film is ultimately about solitude. The script is by Erik Jendresen, who wrote a few episodes of Band of Brothers, but whose later feature credits (Otis and Crazy as Hell) aren’t all that appealing.
Solo will shoot next year, and despite being a Spanish production with Spanish actors, it will be shot in English. “Unfortunately, to reach large international markets, you have to shoot in English,” Mr. Banderas said.
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The film is about “a plastic surgeon’s revenge on the man who raped his daughter,” leading to the supposition that Banderas plays the surgeon and Anaya his daughter. Refer back to our last piece on the film for a long synopsis of the novel on which the movie is based, as it hints at how weird and uncomfortable this project might be. Can’t wait. [Variety]
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It’s been a couple days since my last long Cannes update. Once the first weekend hit, things got really crazy at the festival. It is becoming clearer to me that this year’s theme at Cannes is about death, dying, mortality and legacy. In my last Cannes blog, I wrote about Mike Leigh’s new film Another Year, which is essentially a character piece which tackles all of the above issues. I have since seen a couple moe films which tackle these issues head on.
But before I get to my reviews, you’re probably wondering why Batman is on the big screen at Cannes..
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