The actor, who debuted as a director with ‘Pieles’, once again has Álex de la Iglesia as a producer and has Ángela Molina as the protagonist
‘La piedad’, the second feature by Eduardo Casanova (‘Skins’), is already filming. It is a Spanish-Argentine co-production that, although at first Ana Belén was spoken of as the main character, the actress’s theatrical commitments have made it impossible for her to join the filming, finally starring Ángela Molina. The cast is completed by Manel Llunell, Ana Polvorosa (actress of the moment, then, in addition to starring –with an anal prosthesis on her face– ‘Skins’, she recently premiered the road movie’ With whom you travel ‘and is broadcasting the series’ La Fortuna ‘, by Alejandro Amenábar), Antonio Durán Morris (seen recently in’ Ons’ and also in ‘Pieles’), María León, Daniel Freire, Songa Park, Alberto Jo Lee, and with the special collaboration of Macarena Gómez ( who was also in ‘Skins’) and the Italian Meteora Fontana.
“After a long time, after many things lost along the way, including health, I am starting to shoot my second film: ‘La piedad’, the only thing I am interested in doing in life,” says the director. ‘La piedad’ is a horror film, an unconventional horror, which talks about the most toxic relationship possible between a mother and a son and establishes a parallel between a dictatorship and its people, specifically the dictatorship of North Korea. We have all been in a toxic relationship, it does not matter if it has been with a partner, a friend or with our own family. «Relationships are deeply complicated, I am sure that anyone who is reading this text is or has been in such a relationship, but … how do you get out of there? If you manage to get out, how and how long do you stay there? », Says Eduardo Casanova, for whom« after a long time, of many things lost along the way, including health, I start shooting my second film, the only thing that interested in doing in life.
Eduardo Casanova on the set of ‘La piedad’.
According to Casanova, the film narrates “something that I have been rehearsing in my personal and professional life all this time to get to make it, it is the only film that really interests me. Everything I have done professionally before has been a rehearsal to make this film, as well as everything that has happened to me in my life and in my personal relationships. ‘La piedad’ establishes “an aesthetic universe different from the one I’m used to shooting. Nothing like these photos, nothing like ‘Skins’, nothing like anything. Something much darker, as dark as its characters, “continues the director. »It is a very raw film, I am going to shoot one of the strongest sequences of all my filmography and the actors and actresses are entering a much darker universe than the one I am used to shooting. It is not an easy place that they are going to have to go through, but they are adjusting to it. With Ángela Molina I have had very private and very long conversations because it was inevitable to explain many details to her so that she would understand. But I have actresses who are my family, who are part of my life, like Ana Polvorosa, the only one who was there from the beginning, Macarena Gómez or Morris. Eduardo Casanova, famous actor in television series and films such as ‘The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo’ (where he explained his fascination for the color pink, which he wears regularly), once again has Álex de la Iglesia as the film’s producer.
The filming, with a duration of five weeks, takes place in locations in Madrid, Andalusia and Catalonia. This is the second film by this young and daring filmmaker from Madrid, after his shocking debut in the feature film, ‘Pieles’, which was also produced by Álex de la Iglesia, a filmmaker always attentive to discovering new authors, with his own universes and very personal. ‘La piedad’ is a Spanish-Argentine co-production by Pokeepsie Films, Gente Seria AIE, Spal Films, Link-up and Crudo Films that will be released in 2022.