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Grimmfest Easter launched in 2021 as an annual event, taking place over the Easter Weekend, and complimenting the long-established festival in October. The initial Easter festival was online only, due to the Covid-19 Lockdown in the UK. But 2022 sees it going live at regular host venue the Odeon Great Northern in Manchester UK, screening exclusive feature film premieres, together with Q&As and talks.

Grimmfest Easter will be a hybrid event with an online element, which will complement and sit alongside the live festival. Much of the content will cross both events but there will also be one or two online exclusives.

Grimmfest Easter offers all the cinematic thrills, spills, and chills, all the blood and black comedy that you have come to expect from Grimmfest, but in a leaner, meaner, more concentrated form. Something to satisfy even the most jaded of palates. Here are some highlights:

In the first of a brace of UK Premiere, white-knuckle thrillers from Spain, Maria Pedraza (Netflix’s Money Heist), stars as a troubled young woman whose search for online romance amid the Covid-19 Lockdown unleashes a particularly intrusive stalker, in the UK premiere of Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas’ slippery psychodrama of identity theft and personality breakdown, Ego.

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The ship Aris tima, located in the dock of the port of Cambrils, is the scene these days of the shooting of a new film of Amazon Prime Video. This is a science fiction and action movie aimed at a teenage audience. The film is directed by Barcelona-based filmmaker Daniel Benmayor, known for directing Xtremo and Tracers. The cast includes Carlos Scholz (Ian), Lela Loren (Adriana), Óscar Jaenada (Perceptor), María Pedraza (Ester), and Pedro Alonso (Vicente).

The film is about Ian, a rebellious teenager who lives with his father outside of society. They manage to survive small scams by generating illusions about others. A powerful organization led by Adriana and a mysterious Perceptor try to capture him as they confront each other. On his escape, Ian discovers that his life so far has been a lie, which pushes him to find his true origins. Not just to know who he is, but what they want from him. Every decision he makes increases his mental powers, making him an even more dangerous target. Ian will be responsible for deciding which side to ally with to take part in the war.

In Cambrils, only images were recorded inside the ship. About 80 people took part in this filming. Awareness is scheduled to be released on the Amazon platform in 2023.

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During confinement, the protagonist starts using a dating app in which she meets a woman exactly like her, the perfect copy of her.

The film Ego, directed by Alfonso Cortés Cavanillas, has won the Award for Best Feature Film, Award for Best Screenplay and Award for Best Actress for María Pedraza at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. The actress plays two roles in this thriller, as the protagonist and her perfect double whom she discovers through a dating app. Its theatrical release is scheduled for next year and its plot is set in the 2020 lockdown.

During confinement due to the covid-19 pandemic, Paloma, the protagonist of Ego played by María Pedraza, joins a dating website with people of the same sex. The weird things start when she finds the profile of a girl exactly like her, and who apparently threatens to impersonate her and occupy her identity forever.

This is the starting point for the hypertechnological thriller starring María Pedraza, directed by Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas and a script by Jorge Navarro de Lemus, whose theatrical release is scheduled for the end of the year. Marian Álvarez, Pol Monen and Alicia Borrachero complete the cast of this story of psychological intrigue and double identities set in Madrid during confinement.

In the words of director Alfonso Cortés Cavanillas Ego “he talks about issues, such as confinement due to the COVID crisis, which we have all experienced, and situations with which viewers, especially the younger audience, can feel identified. We shot at a very complex time, in 2020, during the pandemic, and that has profoundly marked the way of building history, giving this work a unique and different character”.

For the filmmaker, “these awards are a great recognition for all the team that have been part of this production, which has been possible thanks to the initiative of the talent community La Caña Imagine. With its support for culture and cinema, this new community of creators has contributed to making Ego a reality today”.

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After the good reception of ¿A quién te llevarías a una isla desierta?, the director Jota Linares is preparing a new project with Netflix, and will once again have the actress María Pedraza as the protagonist. According to the platform, Las Niñas de Cristal follows Irene, the replacement for the great star of the National Classical Ballet after the latter’s unexpected suicide, under the orders of the choreographer Antonio Ruz. Linares has written the script together with Jorge Naranjo.

The filming of the film, produced by Federation Spain (the Spanish affiliate of the international Federation), began on February 8 in Madrid with a cast made up of novice actors and professional dancers, led by Paula Losada, accompanied by Mona Martínez , Marta Hazas, Ana Wagener, Olivia Baglivi, Juanjo Almeida and Fernando Delgado. “The film speaks through fiction about all my obsessions and about my need, like that of my entire generation, to find a place in the world. I really wanted to talk about fear and the places that, unconsciously, we create to protect us from him,” Linares declared.

At the moment, Las Niñas de Cristal does not have an official release date on Netflix, so we do not know if it will enter between the premieres of this 2021 or if we will have to wait until 2022.

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The filming of ‘Poliamor para principiantes’, the new comedy by Fernando Colomo, starring Karra Elejalde, Quim Ávila, María Pedraza, Toni Acosta and Luis Bermejo, among others, has started this Thursday and will take place over five weeks between Extremadura and Madrid.

This is how the distributor Vértice 360 ​​has announced it, which has added that ‘Poliamor para principiantes’ is a Spanish-French co-production produced by Álvaro Longoria and the production companies Morena Films, AIE Fluid Agreement and Ran Entertainment.

According to the company, the film talks about the confrontation between a young man who has emerged as a defender of romantic love and a practicing and enthusiastic girl of polyamory. The script is signed by Fernando Colomo, Casandra Macías-Gago and Marina Maesso. Finally, he has pointed out that it has in its cast Karra Elejalde, Toni Acosta, María Pedraza, Quim Ávila, Inma Cuevas, Eduardo de la Rosa, Lola Rodríguez, Cristina Gallego, Luis Bermejo and Susi Caramelo.

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