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De perdidos a Río enters the editing bay

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- The comedy directed by Joaquín Mazón, and starring Carlos Santos, Fran Perea and Pablo Chiapella, wrapped principal photography a few weeks ago, and is now in the middle of editing and post-production

De perdidos a Río enters the editing bay
Jorge Cremades, Carlos Santos, Pablo Chiapella and Fran Perea in De perdidos a Río

After several weeks of filming on location on Gran Canaria, as well as in Lisbon and Madrid, De perdidos a Río (lit. “From Lost to Río”) wrapped shooting in Rio de Janeiro at the end of December. This riotous buddy comedy is being directed by Joaquín Mazón (the man behind the surprise smash hit Heroes Wanted [+see also:
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, which grossed more than €6 million in Spanish commercial movie theatres), and boasts a screenplay penned by Antonio Mercero (15 Years + 1 Day [+see also:
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), Daniel Corpas (Bajo el mismo techo [+see also:
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) and Juana Macías (Embarazados [+see also:
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), based on an original story by Jean Christophe-Gra.

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It stars Pablo Chiapella (most famous for the sitcom La que se avecina), Esther Acebo (Money Heist), Carlos Santos (recently cast as Chicho Ibáñez Serrador in an episode of the rebooted Historias para no dormir [+see also:
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) and Fran Perea (The Neighbor [+see also:
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). Its cast is rounded off by Kira Miró (Broken Embraces [+see also:
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), María Botto (who is soon to release Código Emperador [+see also:
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), Carlos Areces (who previously worked with Mazón on Heroes Wanted and whom we saw not long ago in El One Careful Owner [+see also:
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) and Jorge Cremades, a Spanish influencer with a huge following.

The storyline introduces us to Pedro, Kiko and David, three men in their late thirties who are still struggling to find their place in the world and who travel to Rio de Janeiro to collect the dead body of Mateo, their best friend from secondary school, who has died in suspicious circumstances. However, when they get to Brazil, nothing is what it seems: the "dead man" has fled, his house has been turned upside down, and one of his ex-girlfriends is desperately trying to find him…

“When I read the screenplay, I immediately thought of those buddy movies that we all know, where the protagonists embark on some crazy adventure that makes them evolve as people. But besides this, when I delved deeper into the characters, I discovered that, without discarding those references, we were able to, and absolutely had to, search for a unique identity for our story,” remarks the director. “Using a fantastic premise that blends mystery and adventure as our starting point, we will laugh and suffer together with this group of pals who gradually abandon their ordinary, humdrum lives and begin a journey that will change them forever,” sums up Joaquín Mazón, who made his directorial debut in 2011 with the series Doctor Mateo.

The year after that, he helmed Con el culo al aire, followed by Down There (2015). His transition to the big screen came with the action-comedy Heroes Wanted (2016), which topped the box-office charts during its opening weekend and spawned a series of the same name that was aired by Antena 3 two years later, also directed by Mazón. Furthermore, the Madrilenian filmmaker is yet to release La vida padre, a movie he shot last year, starring Karra Elejalde, Enric Auquer and Megan Montaner, and produced by Mod and Kowalski Films.

De perdidos a Río is a production by Spanish outfits Pecado Films, La Claqueta PC and Mozi Capital AIE, as well as Portugal’s SPI, in conjunction with Sony Pictures International Productions.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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