Félix Viscarret’s “No mires a los ojos” to open the 67 edition of Seminci

No mires a los ojos, the new feature film by the Navarrese screenwriter and director Félix Viscarret (Pamplona, 1975), will open the 67th edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival, which will take place from 22 to 29 October. The film, which is presented in competition in the Official Section of Seminci, adapts the novel From the Shadows, by Juan José Millás, and stars Paco León, Leonor Watling, Álex Brendemühl and Juan Diego Botto in the main parts.

No mires a los ojos has been produced by Tornasol and Desde la sombra del árbol A.I.E., in co-production with Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium) and with the participation of RTVE and Movistar +. The film, distributed in Spain by Universal Pictures International Spain, will be theatrically released on 4 November.

@ Mikel Larrea

Plot synopsis

The film’s plot revolves around the character of  Damian, who  has just been fired after working at the same company for 20 years. Following an angry and violent reaction, he runs away from his boss and hides in the first place he can find: a wardrobe loaded on a van. But the wardrobe, with Damian inside, is then delivered to Lucia and Fede, a couple of his age living with their adolescent daughter, Maria. That same night, a sudden impulse leads Damian to stay with the family and become a mysterious presence, observing and moving around in the shadows.

Félix Viscarret.

No mires a los ojos is the fifth feature film by Félix Viscarret, whose directorial debut, Under the Stars (programmed in the Spanish Cinema section of  the 52nd Film Week), won unanimous critical and public acclaim and two Goya awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay for Viscarret himself, out of a total of seven nominations. His recent work as a director and screenwriter includes the feature film The Winds of Lent (2016), the first screen adaptation of the Princess of Asturias Award winner Leonardo Padura. As a follow-up to that feature, Viscarret is also directing the series Four Seasons in Havana, an  international co-production broadcast on Netflix.

In 2017, Viscarret presented his feature-length Saura(s), an unconventional film portrait of the legendary film director Carlos Saura and his family which was  nominated for the Goya awards. In addition to his work for the silver screen, Félix Viscarret has directed several TV series, such as Hispania, la leyenda (2011) and Marco (2011/2012) for Antena 3 TV, as well as  the first half of the series Patria (2018), the first HBO production for Spain, which adapts the bestseller by Fernando Aramburu.

 “A very atypical and sensory film.”

In Viscarret’s own words, “Millás’ story is original and interesting enough to inspire a very atypical, sensory and often  disturbing film, which presents unforgettable cinematic images on the screen. Moreover, apart from its peculiarity, it is a story that all viewers can relate to, given the world’s recent pandemic :  haven’t we all been locked down in a house? “

No mires a los ojos will open the 67th edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival on  22 October.

Noticias relacionadas

Foto: Mohammad Rasoulof
24 de May de 2024
Seminci publishes the digital edition of the book dedicated to the filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, condemned by Iran’s Revolutionary Court
2 de January de 2024
The public, the audiovisual industry and the media are the driving force behind the new Seminci proposals
28 de October de 2023
‘La imatge permanent’, debut feature by filmmaker Laura Ferrés, Golden Spike of a Seminci whose list of winners includes a new line-up of female directors
27 de October de 2023
Ken Loach traces “the seeds of racism” with ‘The Old Oak Tree’
27 de October de 2023
‘El maestro que prometió el mar’, by Patricia Font, joins the Official Selection out of Competition
27 de October de 2023
Cristina García Rodero, the photographer who hates being filmed, submits herself to Carlota Nelson’s camera in ‘La mirada oculta’