Laura Ferrés takes the step of the feature film with The Permanent Picture

– The Catalan filmmaker is shooting her first feature film, a “depressing comedy” she wrote with Ulises Porra and Carlos Vermut, with debutants María Luengo and Rosario Ortega

Actresses María Luengo and Rosario Ortega and director Laura Ferrés (seated) on the set of The permanent image (© Agnes Pique)

In mid-September, Laura Ferres started shooting his first feature film, The permanent image, in El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona). After being awarded at the Cannes Critics’ Week, as well as at the Goya and Gaudí Awards, for her short documentary The deprivedthe director wrote the screenplay for her first feature film in collaboration with Ulises Porra (Tiger, Carajita) and Carlos Vermout (magic girl [+see also:
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a film that recently screened at the Toronto and Sitges Film Festivals ahead of its theatrical release in Spain, scheduled for December 9).

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Featuring two actresses for the first time, Maria Luengo and Rosario Ortega, The permanent image tells the story of Carmen, a casting director who makes it her mission to find a “normal” person to participate in a political campaign. During her search, she meets Antonia, a door-to-door saleswoman, with whom she shares much more than meets the eye.

The director describes the film as “a tale that reveals the analogies between the past and the present. It’s a story of ordinary lives turned upside down by the sudden arrival of the absurd and melancholy. It’s drama interspersed with dry humor – a depressing comedy.

Filming will last five weeks and will take place mainly in El Prat de Llobregat, with the support of its town hall, through the El Prat Film Office. In Ferrés’ own words: “This town has ideal locations. To me, it feels particularly cinematic, given that the buildings are not as tall as in other nearby cities, such as Barcelona. Plus, it also became a quieter place to film. What interests me is capturing a familiar place over time – I lived here until I was 27 – and it is in these streets that I have also shot The deprived.”

In 2014, Laura Ferrés (Barcelona, ​​1989) directed the short film In the nicheand three years later she created The deprived, a portrait of his father as he is forced to deal with the downturn in the family business. It is the only Spanish production selected for this season’s edition of the Cannes Film Festival, as it took part in Critics’ Week. In addition, the title was nominated for the European Film Awards, and has also been screened in more than 70 festivals, film meetings and cultural centres/universities around the world.

The permanent imagewhich dialogues in Catalan with some replicas in Spanish, is a production of Spanish companies Fix movies (Adria Mones) and Volta (Nadine Rothschild), in collaboration with France Office (Gabrielle Dumont). He boasts of the involvement of the ICAA (Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts)ICEC (Catalan Institute of Cultural Industries) and TV3. It has also received support from the Cannes Critics’ Week Next Step, the TorinoFilmLab and the Moulin d’Andé Screenwriting Center. It will be distributed in Spain by The Adventure.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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