Since last December 22 ‘A thousand kilometers from Christmas’, a new Netflix original film, which he directs Álvaro Fernández Armero, produced by Nobody is Perfect PC (Kiko Martínez), from a script by Francisco Arnal and Daniel Monedero, and what has Tamar novas as the protagonist. It is a Christmas story, a romantic comedy and the story of a thirty-year-old who will learn to get carried away by the Christmas spirit … much to his regret.
Álvaro Fernández Armero, a filmmaker specialized in comedies, with titles such as ‘If I were rich’ or ‘The sheep don’t lose the train’, delves into the genre from a script by Francisco Arnal (‘There down’) and Daniel Monedero ( ‘Losing the East’): Raúl is a thirty-year-old to whom all the misfortunes of his life have happened at Christmas. That is why he hates Christmas carols, the Magi and everything that smells of the Christmas spirit and has become a kind of Christmas Grinch. Every year he spends his parties on some remote beach … but this year, his boss has other plans: he will have to travel to audit a nougat factory in Valverde, a town that lives for and for Christmas. And if that were not enough, he will have to share a house with Paula, the village teacher, who dreams of breaking the record for the largest living nativity scene in the world.
Armero reveals: «This is a Christmas comedy with all the elements of the genre, starting with the snow and ending with the reindeer sweaters, which in turn ironic about the Christmas convention itself. And he does it from the gaze of a caustic and disbelieving character that exudes a humor with which I feel very comfortable. I think it’s a very solid and fun script by Francisco Arnal and Daniel Monedero that portrays Christmas as a central character, while still telling a love story ».
The producers believe that there is a deficit of Spanish Christmas films, when in the United States there are authentic classics such as ‘Qué bello es vivir’ or ‘Love Actually’, which are always current at this time: “Cinema is a reflection of society and we were struck by the fact that there was no Christmas movie on the Spanish scene. Telling this story in an idyllic place in the Pyrenees, almost as if it were a story, is quite a challenge, ”says Kiko Martínez, from the producer Nadie es Perfecto. Working for Netflix of this production company arose as a result of a previous title of Nobody is perfect, ‘Secret origins’ by David Galán Galindo, which the state of alarm prevented from releasing it in theaters doing it through Netflix. As the experience was positive, the producer and the platform decided to repeat the experience. The result is being this movie.
The filming of ‘A thousand kilometers from Christmas’ began at the beginning of Christmas in Madrid (to take advantage of the street lights), and already in 2021 it takes place in locations in the communities of Aragon and Catalonia, specifically in the municipalities of Benasque (Huesca) and Arties (Lleida). The film will be released by Netflix in December 2021.