Antonio Hens’ ¡Oh, Mamy Blue! enters post-production
- Carmen Maura stars in the new film by the director of The Last Match, which was shot last spring and is being co-produced by Malas Compañías in conjunction with Venezuela
Carmen Maura plays the lead role in ¡Oh Mamy Blue! [+see also:
film profile], a life-affirming comedy directed by Antonio Hens (Clandestinos, The Last Match [+see also:
film profile]), which is full to the gills with music. Flanking the star of Volver [+see also:
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film profile] we find fellow cast members Ramón Barea, María Pujalte, Cuba’s Milton García, Antonio Molero, Carlo D’Ursi, Nagore Aramburu, María José Alfonso, Emilio Buale and Itziar Aizpuru, with a special appearance by singer Phil Trim, the frontman of the band Pop Tops, who shot to fame in 1971 with the song Mamy Blue, which served as the inspiration for the film’s title.
Music and comedy are therefore the key ingredients in the third feature by the Cordoban filmmaker, who is clearly making a shift in his career by trying his hand at the madcap comedy genre. Boasting a screenplay written by Hens himself, together with Julio Carrillo and Antonio Álamo, the film’s shoot, which took place in Madrid from 27 March-29 April, was complemented by additional takes on location in Málaga.
According to the synopsis, Laura is a 70-year-old hippie who is retired and lives in an old people’s home. Every day, she stirs up revolt, much to the annoyance of the home’s manager: one moment she might be encouraging the elderly folks to do some yoga, the next she might be showing them the therapeutic benefits of marijuana or forming a band. But nobody knows that she was in fact Laurie Amnesia, a rock’n’roll muse from the 1960s; she was the most hip and stylish of her time and even hung out with Jimi Hendrix one summer when he was on Majorca. That remains her big secret until Juan, the only resident with any appreciation of music, and a big fan of Laurie Amnesia’s, turns up. To top it all off, Laura’s grandson (who is convinced that he is a secret descendant of the legendary American guitarist) is determined to get her back on stage.
Produced by Malas Compañías, ¡Oh, Mamy Blue! is being co-produced by Venezuelan outfit Plenilunio Films, and can boast the involvement of Canal Sur and backing from the ICAA. The Spanish distribution will be entrusted to Syldavia Cinema, while the international sales will be handled by German firm Media Luna New Films.
(Translated from Spanish)
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