Entertainment05 February 2019
Puerto Varas, Chile, February 4, 2019 -- Netflix continues to deliver on its strategy of producing content with international talent, announcing today that the Spanish actress María Valverde (Tres metros sobre el cielo, La flaqueza del bolchevique) and the Argentinian actress Dolores Fonzi (La patota, El campo, La cordillera) will star in the upcoming film by the Peruvian director Claudia Llosa. Based on the novel Fever Dream from acclaimed Argentine author Samanta Schweblin, who co-wrote the screenplay with Llosa, Distancia de rescate is a disturbing horror story about broken souls and the ties that connect parents and children, a story that portrays environmental and spiritual catastrophes.
“Distancia de rescate is a nightmare come true, a ghost story for the real word, an inquisitive tale and a love story” says Claudia Llosa.
The film is set in a quiet rural community in Argentina, and explores the fears around maternity from the perspective of the main characters Amanda (María Valverde) and Carola (Dolores Fonzi).
“I’m very excited about this project. Distancia de rescate is a brilliant and complex novel. The universe that Claudia wants to create from it makes this project a vital necessity” says María Valverde. “I greatly admire Claudia Llosa and am very happy to work with her in the novel by Samanta Schweblin. The story, as well as the production itself, is a wonderful testimony to the power of women” adds Dolores Fonzi. “I feel incredibly lucky to have found the perfect collaborators in Maria and Dolores to help bring Samanta’s complex characters to life. Thanks to our amazing international cast, crew and partners, and the spectacular landscapes where we are shooting, I could not be more excited to make this film” concludes Claudia Llosa.
The Netflix film will be produced by Oscar® and Emmy® winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Bugsy, Breaking Bad) and Tom Williams for Johnson’s Gran Via Productions. Executive producers include Sandra Hermida (Spain) and Ken Meyer (USA). In addition, the shooting in Chile will work in conjunction with Juan de Dios and Pablo Larrain’s Fabula Productions of Santiago, winner of the foreign-language Oscar® for A Fantastic Woman. Spanish assistance will be provided by José María and Miguel Morales of Wanda Films.
The production has the support of the Chilean government agency CORFO through the program for Audiovisual Investment of High Impact fund, a reimbursement of up to 30% of qualified spend in the country. Distancia de rescate marks another major international production filming in Chile that will generate long-lasting infrastructure, employment and above all, international exposure for local talent, like Fabula, as well as its magnificent scenery to the rest of the world through Netflix.
About Distancia de rescate
Synopsis: A young woman named Amanda lies in pain, as a young adolescent named David questions her urgently, forcing her to unravel the truth of what happened to her. She isn’t his mother nor is he her son. Together they will reveal a disturbing, evocative story about broken souls, a lurking, invisible terror, and the fragile threads that connect parents and children.
Director: Claudia Llosa
Writers: Claudia Llosa, Samanta Schweblin
Producers: Mark Johnson and Tom Williams (Gran Via Productions), Sandra Hermida (executive producer), Ken Meyer (executive producer), Fabula (Chilean production partner), Wanda Films (Spanish production partner).
Cast: María Valverde, Dolores Fonzi
You may download the first cast image here
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