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POL-KA PRODUCCIONES JEMPSA present PATAGONIK FILM GROUP TORNASOL FILMS RICARDO DARÍN HÉCTOR ALTERIO and NORMA ALEANDRO in a JUAN JOSÉ CAMPANELLA film SON OF THE BRIDE (EL HIJO DE LA NOVIA) with EDUARDO BLANCO and NATALIA VERBEKE General Producer ADRIÁN SUAR Screenplay by FERNANDO CASTETS and JUAN JOSÉ CAMPANELLA AN ARGENTINE-SPANISH COPRODUCTION SUPPORTED BY INCAA, ICAA and sponsored by VIA DIGITAL PRESS CONTACT: Fredell Pogodin and Lorraine Jackson Fredell Pogodin & Associates SALES CONTACT: Neil Friedman Menemsha Productions 1157 S. Beverly Dr Beverly Blvd. 2 nd Floor Suite 202 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA PH: 310/ PH: 323/ FX: 310/ FX: 323/ Festival and Awards History 2001 MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL Winner: Best Latin American Feature Film Winner: Special Grand Jury Prize 2001 VALLADOLID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Winner: Silver Spike Award Winner: Audience Award 2001 HAVANA INTERNATIONAL LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL Winner: Audience Award Winner: OCIC Prize from the International Catholic Organization for Cinema 2002 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Cast Rafael Belvedere Nino Belvedere Norma Belvedere Juan Carlos Naty Vicky Sandra Nacho Francesco Daniel Ricardo Darín Héctor Alterio Norma Aleandro Eduardo Blanco Natalia Verbeke Gimena Nóbile Claudia Fontán David Masajnik Atilio Pozzobón Salo Pasik Crew Director General Producer Producers Executive Producers Associate Producer Juan José Campanella Adrián Suar Fernando Blanco Pablo Bossi Jorge Estrada Mora Gerardo Herrero Mariela Besuievdsky Juan Pablo Galli Juan Vera Naya Films Director of Photography Daniel Shulman Production Designer Mercedes Alfonsín First Assistant Director Fabiana Tiscornia Editor Music Sound Direct Sound Production Manager Costume Designer Hair Stylist Make-up Artist Casting Camilo Antolini Angel Illaramendi Carlos Abbate José Luis Díaz Paula Zyngierman Cecilia Monti Osvaldo Esperón Marisa Amenta Walter Rippel Valeria Pivato Synopsis Rafael Belvedere is not happy with the life he leads. Everday, he finds himself able to communicate less with the people in his life and more consumed by the responsiblities that keep him from having any free time. For comfort, Rafael turns to television and reruns of Zorro, his favorite show from childhood. At 42, however, he doesn t look or act at all like his fictional hero. Those childhood years when he put on the black cape, the mask and pretended to be Diego de la Vega are long gone and he finds that his reality is much more complicated. Rafael can t seem to fulfill any of the expectations the people in his life place on him. Part of the problem is that he has lost any sense of idealism. He has spent most of his time running the restaurant his father, Nino, founded, but continues to live in the old man s shadow. His ex-wife is still bitter towards him, mostly because he has never taken the time from his busy schedule to play an active role in his daughter Vicky s life. As for his current love life, he continues to avoid any real commitment to his girlfriend, Naty. Furthermore, he hasn t visited his mother, Nora, who lives in a rest home and suffers from Alzheimer s, in over a year because he hates the fact that she can t remember any of his accomplishments and take pride in them. But just when Rafael feels the most alone and unable to reach out to anyone, a series of unexpected events forces him to re-evaluate his life. A minor heart attack forces him to slow down and accept some assistance from the people who love him. A reunion with Juan Carlos, an old childhood friend who tries to keep a positive attitude in the wake of a personal tragedy in his own life, helps Rafael to reconstruct his past and look at the present in new ways. His relationships with Naty and Vicky are also challenged and he finally begins to consider selling the family restaurant and opening up one of his own. Perhaps most importantly, his father makes the decision to fulfill his mother s dream of getting married in a church, bringing the family together to make a new memory they can share. Production Notes For years, Juan José Campanella and Fernando Castets, the co-writers of EL MISMO AMOR LA MISMA LLUVIA (THE SAME LOVE, THE SAME RAIN) and CULPABLES (GUILTY), were obsessed with a character that was unhappy with his life, had experienced numerous failures yet still had unrealized dreams, and whose main desire was simply to get away from everything. It was from these ideas that they created Rafael, the main character of SON OF THE BRIDE. Even though they had envisioned a character, Campanella and Castets were still missing a story. According to Campanella, One day my father told me he wanted to marry my mother, who suffers from Alzheimer s, in a church. Those contradictory objectives and the simplicity of the goals, so outstanding and strong, were the origin of the screenplay. Starting from there, we created all the characters and situations. One issue that the filmmakers wanted to address in the story was the economic problems that Argentina was experiencing for some time prior to its current political and economic crises. They did this by making the main character a middle-class restaurateur trying to keep his restaurant afloat, as all the principle institutions which should assist him the Church, the banks, his suppliers, his government fail him. We wanted to talk about the political reality of Argentina, the sell-off of the country, the disillusionment of the middle class and the collapse of the banking system, says Campanella. We thought of the restaurant as the perfect metaphor for that. A place created by an immigrant, whose son sold it to the highest bidder, and now that son, together with his team, has to start all over in a dilapidated bar across the street from his former place. However, it was important for Campanella and Castets to make sure that while addressing the political situation, the film still remain a dramatic comedy. We wanted to escape the clichè of the Latin American cinema, which in its zeal for showing miserable situations ends up showing only miserable people, says Campanella. We believed at that time that something was brewing and we wanted to say that only the love of the people and the sense of community would help us through. Lo and behold, three months later, a massive and spontaneous outpour of the middle class, together in spite of political differences, knocked down two presidents in eight days. Filming for SON OF THE BRIDE began March 19 th, 2001 in a loft in San Telmo, Buenos Aires and lasted eight weeks. The main location of the film is the family restaurant managed by Rafael (Ricardo Darín). The Club Montañés was chosen as the set and art director Mercedes Alfonsin had to work intensively to adapt it to the style the script required. Other selected locations in Argentina were the Sheraton Hotel, the streets of San Isidro and Las Cañitas (where a rain scene was recreated), Fernández Hospital, Vicente López Houssay Hospital, Guadalupe Church and a rest home. Cast Biographies RICARDO DARÍN (Rafael Belvedere) SON OF THE BRIDE marks the second time Ricardo Darín has worked with Juan José Campanella, after winning the Cóndor de Plata award for Best Dramtic Actor for their acclaimed movie, EL MISMO AMOR, LA MISMA LLUVIA (SAME LOVE, SAME RAIN). He first started working in television in Alberto Migré programs. Later he starred in Estrellita mía (Little Star of Mine) with Andrea del Boca and received outstanding reviews for his work in Nosotros y los miedos (We and Our Fears) and in Compromiso (Commitment). At the end of the 90 s, he starred with Luis Brandoni in Telefé and in the successful comedy Mi cuñado (My Brother-in-law). In 1999, he starred in the series La mujer del presidente (The President s Wife) with the Spanish actress Ángela Molina. Darín has also amassed an impressive feature film resume. His debut was in LA CARPA DEL AMOR (THE LOVE TENT), directed by Adolfo Aristarain. Later he continued his career with PERDIDO POR PERDIDO (LOST ANYWAY), directed by Alberto Lecchi; LA RABONA (SKIPPING SCHOOL), directed by Mario David; REVANCHA DE UN AMIGO (A FRIEND S REVENGE), directed by Aníbal Di Salvo; and the Spanish co-production EL FARO (THE LIGHTHOUSE), directed by Eduardo Mignona. Darín also received excellent reviews for his work in the multi-prize winning NUEVE REINAS (NINE QUEENS), directed by Fabián Bielinsky, which is being distributed by Sony Classics in the U.S. His most recent project is LA FUGA (THE ESCAPE), which reunites him with director Eduardo Mignona. Onstage, his credits include Extraña pareja (The Odd Couple), Sugar, Necesito un tenor (I Need a Tenor), Art and Algo en común (Something in Common), for which he won the Ace award for Best Dramatic Actor in 1996 and the Estrella de Mar award in HÉCTOR ALTERIO (Nino Belvedere) Héctor Alterio began his career over 50 years ago in Cómo suicidarse en primavera (How To Commit Suicide in Spring), a play by Alejandro Casona. He has starred in a total of 47 plays, delivering noteworthy performances in Cándida, El Alquimista (The Alchemist), Bajo fondo (Shallowness) and El canto del cisne (The Voice of the Swan). He also starred in Los indios estaban cabreros (The Indians Were Angry), Lady Godiva and El enemigo del pueblo (Everybody s Enemy), plays for which he won the Best Actor award given by the Theater Critics Association, among others. He has also developed a prolific career in Spain, where he currently lives. Alterio s film debut was in 1965 s TODO SOL ES AMARGO (EVERY SUN IS BITTER), by Alfredo Mathe, and he hasn t stopped working since. His most popular movies include DON SEGUNDO SOMBRA, directed by Manuel Antín; EL SANTO DE LA ESPADA (THE SAINT OF THE SWORD) and LOS SIETE LOCOS (7 MAD MEN), directed by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson; LA PATAGONIA REBELDE (REBEL PATAGONIA), directed by Héctor Olivera; and the highly awarded LA TREGUA (THE TRUCE), directed by Sergio Renán. Alternating between Spanish and Argentine films, Alterio later filmed CAMILA for director María Luisa Bemberg and the Academy Award winning LA HISTORIA OFICIAL (THE OFFICIAL STORY) with Norma Aleandro for director Luis Puenzo. Other credits include TANGO FEROZ (FEROCIOUS TANGO), CABALLOS SALVAJES (WILD HORSES), CENIZAS DEL PARAÍSO (HEAVEN S ASHES) and PLATA QUEMADA (BURNT MONEY), all directed by Marcelo Piñeyro. In Spain, Alterio won the Best Actor award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, the San Jorge award and the Maratón award for the film A UN DIOS DESCONOCIDO (TO AN UNKNOWN GOD). The New York Film Critics Circle awarded him for both EL MIRÓN (THE VOYEUR) and EL NIDO (THE NEST), and both the Argentina Actors Association in Spain and the International Festival of New Latin-American Cinema of Havana, Cuba awarded him for his full body of work in 1995 and 1996, respectively. NORMA ALEANDRO (Norma Belvedere) Together with co-star Héctor Alterio, Aleandro played the memorable leading couple in LA HISTORIA OFICIAL (THE OFFICIAL STORY), the Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film of For this film, Aleandro received numerous awards, including Best Actress from the Cannes Film Festival, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Festival de Cartagena and the David di Donatello award for Best Foreign Actress. Aleandro s career in the movies is extensive and remarkable, beginning with roles in various movies directed by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, including LA TIERRA EN ARMAS (LAND IN ARMS) and LOS SIETE LOCOS (7 MAD MEN) (also with Alterio). Other notable films are LA FIACA (LAZINESS), directed by Fernando Ayala, and LA TREGUA (THE TRUCE), again with Alterio. Other credits include LAS TUMBAS (THE TOMBS), directed by Javier Torre; SOL DE OTOÑO (FALL S SUN), directed by Eduardo Mignona; GABY, directed by Luis Mandoki; EL FARO (THE LIGHTHOUSE), directed by Eduardo Mignona (co-starring Ricardo Darín); and UNA NOCHE CON SABRINA LOVE (ONE NIGHT WITH SABRINA LOVE), directed by Alejandro Agresti. Dozens of plays stand out on Aleandro s resume, including Master Class by Terrence McNally; Scenes of Marital Life by Ingmar Bergman; La señorita de Tacna (The Lady from Tacna) by Vargas Llosa; Don Gil de las Calzas Verdes (Mr. Gil with Green Tights) by Tirso de Molina and El altar de las maravillas (Altar of Wonders) by Cervantes; and Historia de un bebé (Story of a Baby). Aleandro has also directed a number of plays, including La venganza de Don Mendo (Mr. Mendo s Revenge), Medea, What the Butler Saw, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Prisoner on 2nd Avenue, which continues to run. She has written the film LOS HEREDEROS (THE HEIRS), the play Los chicos quieren entrar (The Kids Want to Come In) and a wide range of books, including Poemas y cuentos de Atenazor (Poems and Stories of Atenzor) (1986) and El diario íntimo (Intimate Diary) (1993). Aleandro won the Best Actress award at the Festival de San Sebastián and Best Actress at the Havana Film Festival for SOL DE OTOÑO (FALL S SUN). She was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in GABY. She has also won the Moliere Prize for Best Actress and three ACE awards, including the Golden one for her outstanding career. As if this weren t enough, she was named Illustrious Citizen of the city of Buenos Aires by the Honorable Concejo Deliberante of the Ciudad de Buenos Aire and Master of Art by the Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. NATALIA VERBEKE (Naty) After four years at the Real Escuela Superior of Dramatic Arts in Madrid and fourteen years of studying ballet, performance courses, and flamenco dance, Verbeke makes her Argentine cinema debut with SON OF THE BRIDE.. Verbeke became one of the hottest young film stars in Spain with her performance in the 1997 film UN BUEN NOVIO (A GOOD BOYFRIEND), directed by Jesús Delgado. Her other films include CARRETERA Y MANTA (ROAD AND BLANKET), directed by Alfonso Arandia; NADIE CONOCE A NADIE (NOBODY KNOWS ANYONE), directed by Mateo Gil; KASBAH, directed by Mariano Barroso; EL LADO MALO DE LA CAMA, directed by Emilio Martínez Lázaro; and JUMP TOMORROW, her American film debut, directed by Joel Hopkins. Onstage, her most notable role was in A Midsummer Night s Dream, directed by Lawrence Till. Verbeke, an Argentine native who grew up in Spain, represented her adopted country at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival in the prestigious Shooting Stars program. EDUARDO BLANCO (Juan Carlos) Versatile actor Eduardo Blanco has had a variety of roles in theatre, film and television. He appeared in co-star Norma Aleandro s stage adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac and also in Tamara, A Midsummer Night s Dream, Macbeth and Segundas partes sí son buenas (Second Parts are Good Indeed). His work in Off Corrientes and Planta Baja (Ground Floor) by Juan José Campanella and Fernando Castets is also noteworthy. Onscreen, he has worked under Campanella s direction in EL MISMO AMOR, LA MISMA LLUVIA (SAME LOVE, SAME RAIN), the movie for which he was awarded with the Cóndor de Plata and chosen by Clarin newspaper as Movie Revelation of the Year. Blanco s television credits include Primicias (News), El Hombre (The Man), Dos al toque (Two At Hand), Estrellita mía (Little Star of Mine) with Ricardo Darín, Ruggero, La viuda blanca (The White Widow) and Cachila. About the Filmmakers JUAN JOSÉ CAMPANELLA (Director and Co-writer) Before moving to the U.S. where he studied film and television at New York University, Juan José Campanella wrote and produced the play Off-Corrientes and wrote the scripts for the television comedy Fuera de Broma (No Joke). In 1988, his thesis EL CONTORSIONISTA (THE CONTORTIONIST) received a prize for Best Science Fiction film at the New York University Film Festival. In addition, he was awarded for his work as a director. A year later, he won the critics special prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival for the same film. In 1991, Campanella directed THE BOY WHO CRIED BITCH, which participated in major international festivals and received prizes in Italy and Spain. He directed episodes of Life Stories for HBO, including Public Law 106, Dead Drunk and No Visible Bruises. Campanella was nominated for several Emmys as Best Director and won twice: in 1995 for A Child Betrayed (one of the episodes of Life Stories) and in 1997 for Someone Had to be Benny, an HBO special. He was also a creative and visual consultant for three of the America Undercover documentaries that won HBO Films an Oscar. Between 1995 and 1998, he wrote and directed the movie NI EL TIRO DEL FINAL (NOT EVEN THE FINAL SHOT) with Aitana Sánchez Gijón and directed the AMC original series Remember WENN, the CBS special Stand-up and the pilot for AMC s Paramour. In 1999, he returned to Buenos Aires, where he wrote and directed EL MISMO AMOR, LA MISMA LLUVIA (SAME LOVE, SAME RAIN). Campanella also received the Cóndor de Plata award, the Young award at the Valladolid Film Festival, and the Public award at the Norwegian Film Festival for the acclaimed film. Currently, he is working in both Argentina and the U.S, where he has directed several shows including Strangers with Candy and Upright Citizens Brigade for Comedy Central and NBC s Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Additionally, he s writing scripts for the series Culpables (Guilty) with Fernando Castets. FERNANDO CASTETS (Co-writer) Fernando Castets has worked with Juan José Campanella over the years on numerous projects. With Campanella, he co-wrote EL MISMO AMOR, LA MISMA LLUVIA (THE SAME LOVE, THE SAME RAIN). In 1981, they wrote, produced and directed the film VICTORIA 392. Between 1982 and 1984, they co-wrote and co- produced the play Off-Corrientes. In 1985, Castets co-wrote Como en las películas (Like in the Movies), and in 1986 he was the co-author of Maldonado, a miniseries of 22 episodes for Vicente Díaz Amo Producciones and La inundación (The Flood), a 4-part miniseries for the Teatro Municipal General San Martín. Between 1989 and 1996, Castets was the executive producer of TANGO, a 16 mm documentary that aired on Channel 5 in Boston. In 1994, he directed the short film EL CINE EN ARGENTINA (FILMMAKING IN ARGENTINA), which was shown at the Conference Cycle for the National University in Puerto Rico. Two years later he made the short film UN BARRIO COMO DEBE SER (A NEIGHBORHOOD AS IT SHOULD BE). In 1999, Castets was the screenplay consultant for NUEVE REINAS (NINE QUEENS), the award-winning Argentine film that is being released by Sony Classics in the U.S. He has won numerous awards, including Best Original Screenplay for EL MISMO AMOR, LA MISMA LLUVIA from the Asociación de Cronistas Cinematográficos de Argentina (Cóndor de Plata 99) and Best Movie Script by Argentores. Producing Companies Pol-ka is the most important individual audiovisual producing company in Argentina. It produces 11 hours of weekly fictional programs for prime time on channel 13, the most prestigious channel in the country. Some of the most successful products to come from Pol-ka are POLILADRON: UNA HISTORIA DE AMOR (POLILADRON, A LOVE STORY), VERDAD-CONSECUENCIA (TRUTH- CONSEQUENCE), VULNERABLES, GASOLEROS (CHEAP LIVING), CAMPEONES (CHAMPIONS), EL SODERO DE MI VIDA (DELIVERY MAN) and CULPABLES (GUILTY). Several formats of these programs have been sold abroad. Pol-ka began producing films in 1997 with COMODINES (MOB COPS), starring Carlos Calvo and Adrián Suar. The company then produced the grotesque COHEN VS. ROSI, the romantic ALMA MÍA (SOUL OF MINE) and the twisted comedy APARIENCIAS (APPEARANCES). Composed of Artear, Buena Vista International, Telefónica Media and Pablo Bossi, this independent company has been working in the audiovisual area since July Patagonik was in charge of film production and executive production in Argentina for EVITA, directed by Alan Parker, and the video Love Don t Live Here Anymore by Madonna. It was also in charge of c
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