Mario Casas, Anna Castillo to Star in ‘Escape’ by Rodrigo Cortés, Produced by Nostromo (EXCLUSIVE)

Mario Casas, one of the biggest film and television stars in Spain, and Goya-winning actress Anna Castillo (“El olivo”, “La llamada”), will headline “Escape”, the new film by writer-director Rodrigo Cortés (“Buried, ” “Red Lights”).

Produced by Adrián Guerra at Barcelona-based Nostromo Pictures, “Escape” is a loose adaptation of the novel of the same title written by Spanish author Enrique Rubio.

Nostromo announced the new film project after completing an intense 2022, in which the company filmed seven films and released two more titles, “Through my window” by Marçal Forés and “The crooked lines of God” by Oriol Paulo, both achieving outstanding global reach.

The story of “Escape” revolves around N., a young man who wants to live in prison and will do anything to achieve it, raising questions such as whether those who care about him will be able to prevent him from committing increasingly serious crimes and how Until where will the judge not grant him his proposal.

“The film is an amazing and unique mix of genres,” Guerra said. Variety.

“This is an exciting escape told backwards. The story of a broken man who wants his freedom taken away from him. The impossible and fast-paced adventure of an escape in reverse ”, he added.

Filming is scheduled to begin next summer in Madrid. Nostromo is closing the financing for the film, which has already obtained the support of the Spanish public channel RTVE.

“We are in talks with several potential partners to join the project,” Guerra said.

God’s crooked lines
Courtesy of the San Sebastian Film Festival

“Escape” marks Cortés’ first Spanish-language film since his film debut, the dark comedy “The Contestant,” released in 2007.

“Today, movies in Spanish travel all over the world and are seen by millions of people. The barriers of the past no longer exist,” explained Guerra.

Nostromo was co-founded in 2010 by producers Guerra and Núria Valls, following the success of “Buried” by Cortés, a Sundance Film Festival actor starring Ryan Reynolds.

The company quickly gained international recognition, which continued with English-language film productions such as Cortés’ “Red Lights” starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and Robert de Niro in 2012, and Eugenio Mira’s “Grand Piano” with Elijah Wood. and John Cusack, in 2013.

Nostromo’s biggest box office success in Spain to date came in 2015 with Fernando González Molina’s “Palmeras en la nieve” starring Mario Casas, a partnership with Atresmedia Cine and Warner that grossed €17.1 million (18 .6 million dollars), selling 2.7 million tickets in Spain. He reteamed with Atresmedia for Trilogía Baztán by González Molina and “El invitado invisible” by Oriol Paulo, a pioneering Spanish hit in China, where it grossed some $26 million in 2017.

Having produced some 30 titles since its launch, Nostromo reached a major consolidation in 2022 with seven films and two successful releases.

Marçal Forés’ Spanish-language teen romance film “Through My Window,” an adaptation of Ariana Godoy’s novel, was developed at Nostromo before becoming a worldwide hit as a Netflix original, with 114 million hours watched, which has made it the fourth most watched non-English film for Nerflix, counting the results of its first 28 days.

When Nostromo took over the rights to the novel, it had just entered the top 10 on Wattpad.

“We were able to catch the wave at the right time and the film fed back very well with the novel. At the same time, the novel made the movie bigger and the movie made the novel bigger,” Guerra said.

through my window
Credit: Michael Oats/Netflix

Nostromo has also produced the sequel to “Through my window”, titled “Through the sea”, which Netflix intends to launch this year.

Another Nostromo hit has been Oriol Paulo’s thriller “God’s Crooked Lines,” which grossed $6.2 million through Warners at the local box office before its worldwide release on Netflix, where it captured 61 million hours watched and spent five weeks in the world’s top ten streamers. .

Guerra’s team is currently working on post-production on “Untitled Bird Box Spain”, a Spanish spin-off of the acclaimed Netflix-Sandra Bullock thriller “Bird Box”, starring Mario Casas.

Casas’ directorial debut, “My Loneliness Has Wings,” also a Netflix-backed Nostromo production, will be released in Spanish theaters in August by Warner.

With Fábula by Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín, Basque Film and Mamma Team by Carlos Juárez, Nostromo co-produces “Rich Flu” by Spanish director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl, which marks Gaztelu-Urrutia’s sequel to Netflix globally press “The Platform”.

“We define ourselves as a family producer, very close to talent. We usually work with the same people and everything comes naturally,” added Guerra.

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