×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.

More Film

  • Boots Riley arrives at the 34th

    Boots Riley: Spike Lee Yelled at Me After 'BlacKkKlansman' Criticism, But We're Good Now

    “Sorry to Bother You” director and musician Boots Riley, who wrote a scathing criticism of Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” for its positive representation of law enforcement, said that he and the “Do the Right Thing” auteur are good now. But it took some time (and drama) to get there. Last year, Riley called Lee’s Oscar-nominated “BlacKkKlansman” [...]

  • Dr. Donald Shirley (Mahershala Ali, right)

    Read Variety's 1957 Review of 'Green Book' Pianist Don Shirley

    “Green Book” viewers who are not totally versed in the ways of ’50s and ’60s jazz may come away from the heavily Oscar-nominated movie wondering just how well known and respected the film’s central musical figure, Don Shirley (played by Mahershala Ali), really was in his heyday. The answer: revered enough to have picked up [...]

  • Editorial use onlyMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Steven Spielberg Remembers 'Friend and Early Mentor' Stanley Donen

    As news of the death of prolific director Stanley Donen spread Saturday, the industry was quick to remember the helmer of so many classic musicals. Donen directed such hits as “Singin’ in the Rain,” co-directed with and starring Gene Kelly; “Funny Face” with Audrey Hepburn; and “Charade,” with Hepburn and Cary Grant. “Stanley Donen was [...]

  • Aubrey Plaza Spirit Awards

    How to Watch the 2019 Spirit Awards Online

    The Spirit Awards are taking over television Saturday from Santa Monica, Calif., but viewers don’t need a TV to tune in. Hosted by “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza, this year’s Spirit Awards are set to air on IFC at 2 p.m. PT and again on Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. ET. However, indie lovers [...]

  • Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock

    Oscars, After Repeated Tumbles, Takes Center Stage in Hollywood

    At least the weather will be sunny for Sunday afternoon’s Oscars ceremony following one of the stormiest —  and strangest — awards seasons in memory. Expectations have been turned upside down in key categories amid a historic lack of consensus among guild and critics groups. The 91st Academy Awards will be the first in three [...]

  • Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his Night

    Box Office: 'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Speeding to Series-Best Debut With $58 Million

    Universal’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is far and away the box office champ for Academy Awards weekend with an estimated debut of $58 million from 4,259 North American locations. Three holdovers and an expansion will make up the other top four spots, with the sophomore frame of sci-fier “Alita: Battle Angel” [...]

  • Stanley Donen

    Stanley Donen, Director of Iconic Movie Musicals, Dies at 94

    Stanley Donen, the director of such stylish and exuberant films as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Funny Face” and “Two for the Road” and the last surviving helmer of note from Hollywood’s golden age, has died at 94. The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips tweeted that one of his sons had confirmed the news to him. Confirmed [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content