The Intacto Event
- The French release onto 80 screens is Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's big chance to join fellow high-profile Iberian directors like Alejandro Amenabar & Pedro Almodovar
Intacto, an imaginative Spanish thriller directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, winner of the 2002 Goya for best director, is about to be released on to 80 French screens.
Intacto stars Argentine Leonardo Sbaraglia, whose efforts were rewarded with a Goya for best actor of 2002.
Produced by Sogecine, Intacto was presented at the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival where it opened the 41st edition of International Critics’ Week and subsequently toured the world’s most important film events including Sundance, Montreal and Edinburgh, thus raising the internationall profile of its 35-year-old director. The fact that one of Sweden’s most celebrated film actors, Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal, Pelle Erobreren- Pelle the Conquerer and Minority Report), a favourite of Ingmar Bergman’s, certainly contributed to the film’s success and attracted media attention.
That is not to say that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is a complete unknown: an early short film of his, Esposados (Linked), was nominated for an Oscar in 1997, and subsequently won close on forty Spanish and international awards.
Intacto (seen by 376,000 Spanish filmgoers in 2002) was released in France by Metropolitan Filmexport, and is scheduled to open in the Czech Republic on 6 March and in the Netherlands on 15 May.
It remains to be seen whether Fresnadillo, a native of Tenerife, can win over international audiences to the degree already achieved by his fellow Iberian filmmakers Pedro Almodovar and Alejandro Amenabar.
(Translated from French)
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