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Shacky Carmine

Executive producer, Beatriz de la Gandara.

Executive producer, Beatriz de la Gandara.

Directed by Chema de la Pena. Screenplay, de la Pena, Oscar de Julian. Camera (color), David Omedes; editor, Antonio Lara; music, Undrop, Undershakers, Aneurol 50, Dover, Freak XII, others. Reviewed at Cine Princesa, Madrid, Sept. 11, 1999. Running time: 106 MIN.

With: Fernando Cayo, Andres Gertrudix, Pau Colera, Manolo Caro, Rebeca Jimenez, Nathalie Sesena, Patxi Freytez.

The first Spanish feature to have a simultaneous release on the Internet, Chema de la Pena’s engaging, “Trainspotting”-inspired debut, “Shacky Carmine,” is a hip, well-played take on the rags-to-almost-riches rise of a Spanish rock group. Pic’s emptiness-of-fame theme doesn’t bear much scrutiny, but its energy, a quality battering-ram soundtrack and its interest in character hoist it above local genre competition. With the right marketing, a cult following at home could be followed by offshore interest.

Studded with cameos by Spanish musicians, pic charts the rise and rise of provincial Spanish band Shacky Carmine, composed of explosive ex-security guard Apolo (Fernando Cayo, standout), insecure Zalo (Pau Colera), ambitious Rodol (Andres Gertrudix), problematic Malu (Rebeca Jimenez) and managed by junkie Kiko (Manolo Caro). As they try to make their mark on Madrid’s dark underbelly, a realistic script ensures a struggle all the way, with most of the problems caused by the guys’ self-destructive personalities. Script does well to make these idiots interesting, while handheld lensing and rapid-fire editing make for a stylishly hypnotic assault on the senses until the absurd finale.

Shacky Carmine

(COMEDY -- SPANISH)

Production: An Aurum release (in Spain) of a Fernando Colomo P.C. production, in association with Via Digital. (International sales: Fernando Colomo P.C., Madrid.)

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