The executive producer of ‘Cassandro’, Alberto Muffelmann, launches 42 Film with Gael García Bernal with the voice of ‘El Origen’ (EXCLUSIVE)

The 42 Film, a new film and television company based in Madrid and Mexico City from producer Alberto Müffelmann, executive producer of the first Sundance hit “Cassandro”, is forging a first list of titles, headlined by “El Origen”, to be dubbed by Gael García Bernal.

Based in Madrid and Mexico City, the new tile is headed by Müfflemann, whose producer credits include Alfonso Ruizpalacios’ 2018 Berlin Best Screenplay winner “Museum,” Fernando Frías’ 2019 “Ya no soy aquí,” a powerful and timely film. piece of cinema that I urge everyone to see”, said Guillermo del Toro, and winner of the Ariel for best film of 2013 “El Premio”, directed by Paola Markovitch.

The 42 Film underscores the drive towards international co-production by the world’s great auteur film actors in their quest to make titles with cinematic potential in a shrinking market.

News of Müffelmann’s new shingle comes as “Cassandro,” starring García Bernal as openly gay wrestler Saul Armendáriz, has won critical acclaim after its Sundance debut.

“[Director] Roger Ross Williams nimbly maneuvers beyond clichés in the self-respecting biopic of the openly gay Mexican wrestler who won over fans of a notoriously homophobic sport,” wrote Peter Debruge in Variety.

One of the most ambitious films in the making in Mexico, to be made in cut-out stop-motion and 2D animation, “El origen”, is being produced with La Corriente del Golfo, the Mexican production company created in 2018 by Gael García Bernal. and Diego Luna. They are currently tying up more partners in Canada and France, Müfflemann said.

“El Origen” is inspired by the real-life work and destiny of Jacobo Grinberg, a brilliant young Mexican neurophysiologist who in 1978 witnesses a healing experience with Pachita, a famous shaman who performs surgery in deep trance. The experience changes her life.

Gael García Bernal in MUSEUM
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“El Origen” will be directed by animator Pedro “Zulu” González, who has worked in a wide range of creative roles in celebrated Mexican films, including sound designer on Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “Güeros” and composer on Alejandra’s “Semana Santa”. Marquz. ” It is produced by Magali Rocha (“It rains”) and Müffelmann.

Film 42’s first shortlist also includes the post-Mexican Revolution drama “La Suerte de Juan” by Carlos Armella, winner of the Venice Golden Lion for the short film “Tierra y Pan”, director of the first Netflix series entirely in non-English language “Club of Crows”. ” whose second feature, the Cannes Atelier title “¡Ánimo Juventud!” was an HBO US pick-up released in Mexico by Piano Distribution. The Film 42 produces together with Cima, Zensky (“Fireflies”) and Tota.

The iconic protagonist of “La casa de las flores,” Cecilia Juárez, Arcelia Ramírez (“Verónica”) and Bruno Bichir (“Little Eggs: An African Rescue”) star in “Lluvia,” produced by Central Films and 42 Film. Directed by Rodrigo García Saiz, the six-part drama, set in Mexico City under intermittent rain, is written by Paula Markovitch, (“Lake Tahoe,” “The Box”). The Film 42 produces with Central Films of Mexico. The movie is already finished.

As previously announced, 42 Film is a minority partner in Roger Gual’s romantic thriller “Bad Influence,” produced by former Netflix executive Juan Mayne and edited by Spain’s Nadie es Perfecto, The 42 Film, and Wattpad Webtoon Studios.

“The main idea is to broaden the spectrum, to start making titles in Europe, not just in Spain, but potentially in France, Italy and even Germany, as well as Canada and the United States,” Müffelmann said.

Based in Mexico City and Madrid, Müffelmann can sound off your production options.

Additionally, The 42 Film has been released as an international co-production, leveraging state funds from various countries through partner capital abroad, which has increasingly taken over from a sagging pre-sales market.

Co-production, territory-by-territory partner signing, is the most obvious alternative to streaming service financing on ambitious high-end projects, like “El Origen,” argued Müffelmann.

Linking with partners in Spain like Nadie es Perfecto also allows you to accumulate experience. “I have not come to Spain to tell people how it is produced,” he said.

“I’m not here anymore.”

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