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Borja de la Vega’s feature debut, Mía & Moi, ready for its premiere

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- Post-production has wrapped on the first film by the acting agent, toplined by Bruna Cusí, Ricardo Gómez and Eneko Sagardoy

Borja de la Vega’s feature debut, Mía & Moi, ready for its premiere
Bruna Cusí, Ricardo Gómez and Eneko Sagardoy in Mía & Moi

Borja de la Vega works in one of those professions that don’t get much press: he is an agent for actors and actresses. More specifically, he is the joint director of the agency Kuranda, which handles the professional affairs of thesps of the likes of Elena Anaya, Penélope Cruz and Jordi Mollà, among countless others. But he has also made the leap to the world of cinematic creation, making his debut with Mía & Moi [+see also:
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, a film set to star Bruna Cusí (Summer 1993 [+see also:
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), Ricardo Gómez (1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines [+see also:
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), Eneko Sagardoy (the winner of the Goya Award for Best New Actor in 2018 after his turn in Giant [+see also:
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) and Joe Manjón, who is of French heritage and previously appeared in The August Virgin [+see also:
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.

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Before he decided to represent actors, de la Vega spent ten years working in the film distribution sector – in particular, in the marketing department at Fox and Universal. After that, he served as the screenwriter and director, alongside Carlos del Hoyo, of the webseries Diarios de la Webcam, which was aired by the Neox channel. His subsequent project, which he worked on as a solo effort, was the webseries 60m2, a naturalistic drama about a complicated love triangle. In 2017, he made his first foray into writing and directing for the stage with Amor de niños, which starred Andrea Guasch and Manjón.

His first feature tells of how, after losing their mother, Mía and Moi take refuge in a dilapidated family house in the countryside, slap bang in the middle of nowhere. They are joined by Biel, Moi’s boyfriend: the three of them attempt to get some rest and lick their wounds. This is especially true in Moi’s case, as she is recovering from a serious nervous breakdown. These are days for reminiscing over family memories (some of which are painful), catching up and taking things slow. The arrival of Mía’s boyfriend, Mikel, will disrupt their retreat and will affect each one of the house’s inhabitants in a different way. The tension will keep on rising until it explodes in an act of violence, with irreversible consequences.

“Family is the main theme of the film – more specifically, family legacies. The place where they are living is a symbol of the lifelong inheritance that Mía and Moi have received, passed down from their parents. Growing up in a household where their father constantly abused their mother has scarred the siblings. How has each of them faced up to this reality? How has it defined their personalities, which are so far removed from each other?” wonders de la Vega. “Four characters cut off from the outside world give rise to the same number of combinations as there are people in the house: Mikel’s obsession with his girlfriend’s brother, the budding friendship between Biel and Mikel, shut out of the siblings’ circle, Moi’s hatred of Mikel... These are hidden feelings that are bottled up inside and that threaten to bubble up to the surface,” sums up the director.

Mía & Moi is a production by Paciencia y Barajar, Toned Media and FTFcam. It is being distributed and sold overseas by Toned Media, which will release it in Spain on 21 May.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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