Action aplenty in Invasor at the Sevilla Film Festival
- Two thrillers, Jorge Torregrossa's The End and Daniel Calparsoro's Invasor, are the first Spanish films to screen at the Sevilla film festival.
At the revamped Sevilla European Film Festival, where more daring films have found a small niche thanks to its new artistic director José Luis Cienfuegos, the two first representatives of Spanish production were genre films with great commercial ambition: Jorge Torregrossa's The End [+see also:
film profile] (official out of competition section) and Daniel Calparsoro's Invasor [+see also:
film profile] (Special Screenings).
Based on the novel of the same name by Fernando Marías, Invasor is the latest collaboration between Morena Films and Vaca Films after the tremendous critical and public success of Unit 211 [+see also:
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film profile] in 2009. Its plot centres on Pablo (Alberto Ammann), an army medic who is wounded in Iraq together with his partner Diego (Antonio de la Torre). He is transferred home to La Coruña with his wife (Inma Cuesta) and daughter, but he slowly begins to remember the dramatics events that happened during the war. He discovers that the government is trying to hide something very dark, something that only he can bring to light.
With a little less than a month to go before its theatrical release on November 30 by Buena Vista, the best and the worst that one can say about Invasor is that is is a very successful film in all aspects (more in the technical parts, especially the editing and the cinematography, and less in the direction of actors whose performances are somewhat unclear).
A plot with few loopholes, impeccable technical form, and a theme with great international audience potential like the Iraq war could facilitate the title's entry into the international market, despite it needing just a tad more passion and often ceding to the temptation of wanting to explain all the story's details through dialogue.
At home, its earnings seem uncertain. It has a strong cast and could benefit from the previous success of Unit 211, but in this case it can't count on a private television channel's promotional machine and its focus on action make it a film with a more limited potential audience.
(Translated from Spanish)
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