Nacho Vigalondo‘s first film, Timecrimes, was an exciting take on the time travel film. His next film, Extraterrestrial, put an apocalyptic spin on the romantic comedy. For his third go-around, he’s simultaneously tackling the thriller and found footage genres with Open Windows. It stars Elijah Wood as a man obsessed with an abducted actress (Sasha Grey), and how he goes about trying to find her. All the action is seen through the first-person view of his laptop. (It’s sort of the anti-Maniac, which is shot primarily from Wood’s character point of view.)

The principal photography for the film is either done or nearly so, and the writer/director gave an interview about it to a Spanish news show. During the appearance, he also showed some footage. We can’t understand much, but the brief snippets of footage and behind the scenes filming speak for themselves. Check it out below. Read More »

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Nacho Vigalondo got our attention with the time-travel thriller TimeCrimes, and followed that up with the slightly more tender Extraterrestrial. His next feature film, Open Windows, is now in production, and it has a strange premise: the real-time thriller is almost a “continuous chase” that features a twist on found footage, as it unfolds on the screen of a laptop as a man searches for an actress abducted by a mysterious villain.

As the key couple, Vigalondo has cast his Fantastic Fest karaoke partner Elijah Wood, and Sasha Grey (The Girlfriend Experience, and many other movies we, uh, didn’t cover) to play the object of Wood’s search in the film. Read More »

Nacho Vigalondo‘s name comes up so often that it’s hard to believe the majority of people have only seen one of his movies. Of course, that movie is Timecrimes, which ranks up with Primer as one of the best time-travel, sci-fi movies in recent memory. He’s currently working on Supercrooks, a big superhero movie with Mark Millar and his sophomore film now finally has a release date.

The film is called Extraterrestrial and it’s wonderful. You can read my positive review here but the film takes the sci-fi setting of an alien invasion and uses it to make a screwball comedy that would make Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn proud. Focus Features’ off shoot Focus World will release the film on June 15 on VOD and select cities across the country. Plus, other cities can request the movie on Tugg.com. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo earned an instant group of followers with his 2007 debut feature Timecrimes. The movie (which also featured Vigalondo as one of the film’s few actors) was a weird, compelling time travel movie with a murderous, guilty heart. We’ve waited years for the director’s next feature, and despite the fact that it is currently without a US distributor, I hope audiences will get a chance to see it this year.

Extraterrestrial is sort of an ‘aliens invade’ movie but is much more a strange tense romance in which Julio (Julián Villagrán) wakes up in the flat of the girl of his dreams (Michelle Jenner) to find that the world outside is cowering in fear under the shadows of alien ships that hang in the air. What happens next?

We saw a teaser trailer last year that featured no subtitles; now there is a full trailer than subs everything, so you can get a much better idea of what’s in store from Extraterrestrial. Check it out below. Read More »

Buying a ticket to see a film called Extraterrestrial brings with it a lofty set of expectations. You expect sci-fi, you expect action and most of all you expect to see aliens. Nacho Vigalondo‘s second feature film says screw that. His Extraterrestrial has an alien invasion in it but it’s there only to put a new spin on the romantic comedy, a spin only the man behind Timecrimes could create. Incredibly, Extraterrestrial feels almost as layered as that film, but instead of multiple levels of time-travel, this features multiple levels of lies, laughs and love. It’s a wonderful, almost screwball, comedy that does pretty much everything right. Read More »

Jennifer Westfeldt‘s Friends With Kids (not the be confused with Friends With Benefits) has a set-up that most people in their 30′s can relate with — what happens when all of your friends get married, have children and become unavailable?

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The last time we checked in with Extraterrestrial, the new film from the director of the acclaimed Timecrimes, we had a couple new images, and those had followed on the heels of two really fun posters. (One of which is captured in part above.) Now we’ve got those two images in better quality along with a couple more.

Why should this flick, from Nacho Vigalondo, be on your radar? Those who’ve seen Timecrimes (which, yes, is still the object of a US remake effort) will know right off; for those who haven’t, let’s just say that it is an alien invasion love story. If it displays even part of the warped but adroit skill of Timecrimes, it will be worth prioritizing. Check out the images below. Read More »

The horror anthology The ABCs of Death, inspired in part by early kids’ books and bearing a real resemblance to Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies, is a who’s-who of current horror and genre stars and up and comers. The film will be divided into twenty-six segments in which a letter of the alphabet corresponds to a method of death. The segments will be short, but given that they’ll be directed by people like Nacho Vigalondo, Jason Eisener, Noburo Iguchi and many more, they might pack a punch.

Two more directors were added to the list today, bringing the total number of signees to twenty-five. Xavier Gens (Frontier(s), Hitman) and Christopher Smith (Severance, Triangle, Black Death) are now on the roster. Details of a contest to choose the final director are after the break. Read More »

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