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Cannes: Benito Zambrano, Luis Tosar Board Morena’s ‘Out in the Open’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Movie is lead-produced by ‘Everybody Knows’ producer Morena Films, which also confirms cast on ‘Advantages of Traveling by Train’

Spain’s Benito Zambrano, whose “Habana Blues” played in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, is attached to direct “Intemperie” (Out in the Open), starring Luis Tosar (“Miami Vice”) and produced by Juan Gordon at Morena Films, whose “Everybody Knows” opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Written by brothers Pablo and Daniel Remón, “Out in the Open” is adapted from a 2013 novel by Jesus Carrasco which took the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair by storm.

A ”visceral thriller with Western beats,” said Gordon, it is set in a dirt-poor post-Civil War Spain, narrating the building friendship between two outcasts, a boy who flees his village, pursued by the local estate manager (Luis Callejo), and a solitary shepherd.

Spanish pubcaster RTVE and pay TV operator Movistar + have both pre-bought the movie. Andalusia’s Aralan Films co-produces.

‘Out in the Open” is “set in a poor, illiterate, miserable rural context. A primitive place where time has stopped in an atmosphere of drought and dust,” Zambrano commented.

Gordon also confirmed a prestige cast for the Morena-produced  “Advantages of Traveling by Train,” which will star Tosar, Antonio de la Torre and Pilar Castro.

Directed by Aritz Moreno (“Colera”), and one of Spain’s most anticipated feature debuts, “Advantages” is also produced by San Sebastian-based Señor y Señora, an up-and-coming San Sebastian-based production house owned by Moreno and producer-director Leire Apellaniz. It marks the first movie produced at Morena Films by Merry Colomer.

Penned by Javier Gullon, the screenwriter of Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy,” from a cult novel by Spain’s Antonio Orejudo, it turns on a literary agent, Helga, who is forced to intern her husband in a psychiatric clinic, meets one of its psychiatrists on a train who offers to tell her his life story, narrating three stories about one patient.

A story of stories within stories, told with verve by highly unreliable – maybe deranged – narrators, “Advantages of Traveling by Train” is “really at some times very funny, at others surprising and at others quite sick. That combination is eye-catching, and surprising,” Gordon said.

The film is scheduled to shoot in late 2018.

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