You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

San Sebastian: Ivana Baquero, Julio Perillan Topline ‘Sister of Mine’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Pic marks a move towards the mainstream for helmer Pedro Aguilera

SAN SEBASTIAN — Ivana Baquero, a child star in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and Spanish-U.S actor Julio Perillan (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) topline family drama “Sister of Mine,” the third feature of up-and-coming Pedro Aguilera (“Influence,” “Naufragio”), one of Spain’s more prominent art film directors who can score major fest berths.

“Sister of Mine” is also the latest production from Colombia’s Cannes-winning Ciudad Lunar. “Sister” has now initiated principal photography. Shooting will run through mid-October.

Pic was presented as a project at the 2013 San Sebastian Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, whose fourth edition takes place from Monday at the 63rd San Sebastian Festival, which kicks off today in the Basque Country resort. “Sister” was unveiled in Paris at the Small is Biutiful co-pro meet.

“Sister” is a co-production between Cristina Gallego at Colombia’s Ciudad Lunar – whose “Embrace of the Serpent,” topped this year’s Cannes Directors Fortnight and is Colombia Oscar submission – and Spain’s Jorge Manrique Behrens (Carmelita Films) that serves as associate producer.

Key cast also includes Lucia Guerrero (“Unit 7”), Nicolas Coronado (“Love Is Not What It Used to Be”), Juan Pablo Shuck (“The Body”) and Elisabeth Gelabert (“Magical Girl”).

Described by Aguilera as a “Michael Powell’s ‘Peeping Tom’ meeting Mike Leigh shooting ‘Naked,’” “Sister” is a sexual obsession story turning on a young film director who one day happens upon a porn website that hosts a video starring his young sister. Script is co-penned by Aguilera and Spanish novelist Juan Carlos Sampedro.

Aguilera sophomore feature “Influence” was produced by Mexico’s Cannes multi-laurelled Carlos Reygadas and his partner Jaime Romandia (Mantaraya). Aguilera worked on Reygadas’ “Battle in Heaven” as assistant director.

“Sister” looks several steps closer to a mainstream arena than Aguilera’s first pics. “’Sister’ is intense, sensual and raises questions. It’s a movie with a classic structure, which revives one of the biggest stories for mankind and brings it into contemporary world. ‘Sister’ tackles the tragedy of incest in an age of selfies and online video,” Gallego told Variety.

More Film

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Hollywood Agents Warn of Losses to Writers Without Packaging Fees

    The bitter war of words between Hollywood agents and writers continues. Agents are warning that the Writers Guild of America’s proposed elimination of television packaging fees will hurt writers to the tune of $49 million annually in commissions. The Association of Talent Agents released a report Monday by the L.E.K. consulting firm asserting that WGA [...]

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Leonardo DiCaprio Unveils 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Poster With Brad Pitt

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are front and center against the backdrop of a blurred Hollywood sign in the poster for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” DiCaprio revealed the poster with the brief tweet, “Hollywood. 1969. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood.” Hollywood. 1969. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood pic.twitter.com/1CRSiiQ643 — Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) March 18, 2019 Social media reactions range [...]

  • Warner Bros. HQ LA

    WarnerMedia Setting Interim Leadership Team After Kevin Tsujihara Ouster (EXCLUSIVE)

    An interim leadership team will take the reins at Warner Bros. Entertainment following the shocking dismissal of CEO Kevin Tsujihara on Monday. The team will likely consist of Warner Bros. motion pictures group chairman Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. television group president and CCO Peter Roth, and at least one other top executive, individuals familiar with [...]

  • Kristin Cotich Spyglass

    Kristin Cotich Named Communications Chief for Spyglass Media

    Veteran executive Kristin Cotich has been hired as executive vice president of worldwide communications for Gary Barber’s newly formed Spyglass Media Group. The announcement was made Monday by Barber, chairman and chief executive officer of Spyglass, to whom Cotich will report. Spyglass said Cotich is responsible for developing and executing worldwide communications strategies and implementing [...]

  • Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield

    Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield to Star in Stella Meghie's 'The Photograph'

    Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield will star in Universal’s “The Photograph,” sources tell Variety. Stella Meghie will direct and Will Packer will produce for his eponymous production company. The romantic drama centers on intertwining love stories in the past and present. Universal is very high on the pic after Meghie impressed execs with her original [...]

  • Aaron Paul attends the 2019 Sun

    Aaron Paul, Chelsea Handler and Meg Ryan Topline Sun Valley Film Fest

    Aaron Paul is an Idaho boy at heart. The three-time Emmy winning star of “Breaking Bad” and producer and actor on Nickelodeon’s bawdy, subversive animated series “Bojack Horseman” currently makes his home in Los Angeles, but Paul was born in Emmett, a sleepy city about 30 miles outside of Boise, and escapes to the spud [...]

  • Writers Guild Blasts CAA, WME for

    Writers Guild Blasts Talent Agencies CAA, WME for 'Soaring' Profits

    The Writers Guild of America has singled out Hollywood’s largest talent agencies, William Morris Endeavor and Creative Artists Agency, for allegedly soaring profits. The WGA, in an acrimonious negotiation over proposed new rules about how agencies represent writers, issued a report called “agencies for sale” on Monday morning — a few hours before a fifth [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content