The Pastor brothers finalise pre-production for Los últimos días
by Sergio Ríos Pérez
Young brothers Álex and David Pastor (photo) are making the final retouches to the pre-production of what will be their second feature film, a thriller called Los últimos días (lit. “The last days”), for which shooting will start in April in Barcelona, the filmmaker’s home town. With a €5m budget, this co-production between Spanish production companies Morena Films, Rebelión Terrestre, and Antena 3 Films, with French production company Les Films du Lendemain aspires to be one one of the year’s genre films.
As in their first work, Carriers (2009) which was shot in the United States, the Pastor brothers again explore the theme of diseases, with a new form of agarophobia in their new film that grips people while they are indoors. Although they have preferred not to divulge more about the plot for the time being, we do know that the story follows the journey of two characters through an apocalyptic Barcelona. The film will star Quim Gutiérrez (Primos [+see also:
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“For me, the brothers’ main quality is that they marry American cinema’s visual narration with a much more European and adult treatment of their characters, with all their ambiguities, frustrations, desires, and deceit. It has a foot on either side of the Atlantic,” explains producer Pedro Uriol, from Morena Films, one of the most international Spanish production companies, behind such films as Cell 211 [+see also:
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It is a complex project that has required a lengthy preperation, with special attention paid to shooting locations.
“We will show Barcelona, a city that we all know, as it has never been seen before,” adds Uriol. “It’s about recreating a different world. It has to be close to the actual city, but with the sense that something terrible has happened.”
(Translated from Spanish)