This week, Barcelona-based filmmaker Kike Maíllo’s “A Perfect Enemy” will world premiere at Catalonia’s Sitges Film Festival, playing in the event’s Official Fantastic Competition. Ahead of its Oct. 16 premiere, sales agent Pulsar Content has given Variety access to the film’s international trailer.

An adaptation of Amélie Nothomb’s bestselling novel “Cosmétique de l’Ennemi,” the film is the story of internationally renowned architect Jeremiasz Angust. While waiting in the Paris International Airport, he’s approached by a talkative young woman named Texel Textor who’s colorful and energetic look and demeanor are a complete mismatch with Angust’s own uptight garb and composure.

After Texel causes him to miss his flight, Angust is unable to shake the girl and what started as an amusing chat quickly becomes something far more malicious.

For the cast, Maíllo recruited Oscar-level talent in “Cold War” star Tomasz Kot and Spanish actress Marta Nieto, who carried Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Academy Award-nominated short “Mother” and it’s homonymous 2019 feature follow up for which she won best actress at 2019’s Venice Festival. Texel is played by relative newcomer Athena Strates, most recently featured in “The Good Liar,” alongside Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.

Maíllo, explains: “In an era when we are permanently exhibiting ourselves, in ‘A Perfect Enemy’ I wanted to talk about the monsters we keep in the closet. About the sins we try to hide from others and ourselves. Those faults that we sweep under the carpet hoping that no one will ever be able to uncover them.”

Maíllo’s solo directing breakout came in 2011 with his sci-fi feature debut “Eva,” which opened the 2011 Sitges Festival and, sold by Wild Bunch, was a The Weinstein Co. U.S. pick-up.

International sales for “A Perfect Enemy” are handled by Pulsar Content, a company headed by former Bac Film head of sales Gilles Sousa and Marie Garrett. XYZ represents the film in the U.S. market.

“We are thrilled to premiere ‘A Perfect Enemy’ in Sitges and can’t wait for audiences to discover this captivating thriller,” say Pulsar’s Sousa and Garret. “Amelie Nothomb’s book was smart, psychological and full of twists. It was challenging to adapt, and Kike delivered a powerful, intense and cinematic film that we’re really proud of.”

“A Perfect Enemy” is produced by Maíllo’s Barcelona-based Sábado Películas, Germany’s Barry Films and Paris-based The Project. Several companies and broadcasters co-produced, including Catalan film school Escac, Hessen-Invest Film, Spanish broadcaster Rtve, Catalan broadcaster TV3, OCS and Treehouse Pictures and OneWorld Entertainment in the U.S. Additional support was provided by Spain’s Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA) and its Catalan counterpart ICEC.

“We are grateful for our collaboration with Kike and his team, and what an honor to world premiere in competition at Sitges!” added the French producers from The Project. “The fact that Amélie liked this first film adaptation of her book so much sends a positive message to distributors and is a good omen for our film’s international career.”