BARCELONA– French actor Bruno Todeschini (Patrice Chereau’s “Son frere”) will star in Roser Aguilar’s “Brava,” which is currently initiating principal photography in the Catalan Emporda region.
A woman’s drama, “Brava” follows Janine who lives a relatively untroubled life despite her mother’s recent death. But one day she’s attacked in the subway and witnesses a rape. From then on, her easy-going life, which h she begins to call into question, begins to fade. Script is penned by Aguilar and Alejandro Hernandez, scribes on Manuel Martin Cuenca’s Toronto and San Sebastian player “Cannibal.”
“Brava” is co-produced by Fernando Victoria de Lecea’s Iberrota, Barcelona-based Setmagic and Valencia’s TvOn.
“Brava” key cast includes Laia Marull, seen in Agusti Villaronga’s “Black Bread,” Emilio Gutierrez Caba (Alex de la Iglesia’s “Common Wealth) and helmer-actor Sergio Caballero, an actor in Xavi Puebla’s “Cold Call,” and director of Rotterdam Tiger-winning “Finisterrae.”
“I always give the maximum importance to the screenplay and, obviously, to the director. Afterwards, and only afterwards, I have to feel the character, his various tones, complexity. And ‘Brava’s’ screenplay has all of this and is deeply human– like Roser,” said Todoschini, nominated for a Cesar for his performance in “Son frère.”
Aguilar drew international attention with Locarno Silver Leopard winner “The Best of Me” for best actress (Marian Alvarez). She is also teaches directing at the prestigious Catalan Escac film school, whose alums include Juan Antonio Bayona, Kike Maillo and Aguilar herself.
“’Brava’ turns on how to survive grief, how a woman must learn to handle emotional anesthesia, which is a contemporary and urban sickness that affects all of us,” said Aguilar to Variety.