Jose Pozo, director of the celebrated Spanish brief “Plastic Killer,” is touring to the Western U.S. for his subsequent function movie, “Uncommon Cowboys,” which he plans to shoot this yr.
The story follows Milton, a peaceable rancher and occasional musician who loses his daughter in a site visitors accident. Her dying has an additional tragic impression on Milton’s life, main him to promote his ranch and journey to Montana looking for Caleb, the person who failed to assist his daughter within the accident.
It’s a movie about two males who in different circumstances might have been good associates. Though separated by horrible circumstances, they share a standard ardour: Music.
Pozo is ready to shoot the movie later this yr in Lockhart, Texas, and Butte, Montana, with extra sequences deliberate in Colorado and Wyoming.
The mission garnered recognition within the 2020 Huge Break Screenwriting Contest, the place it landed within the high 5 within the drama class.
Producing the movie are Roger Corbi and Yan Fisher-Romanovsky of FishCorb Movies and David Ortiz of Arlong Productions together with Pozo, who’s affiliate producing by way of his Andorra-based Imminent Produccions.
The function follows his award-winning brief “Plastic Killer,” a black comedy a couple of troubled girl in Madrid, which premiered final yr on the Medina Movie Pageant in Spain and went on to display screen in Malaga. It was certainly one of 4 Spanish works shortlisted for this yr’s live-action brief movie Oscar.
The movie stars Laura Gómez-Lacueva as Amparo, who lives in an deserted haberdashery with Carmela, a plastic bag that she believes to be her daughter. When a neighbor suffers a mysterious mishap, Amparo turns into a suspect. José Mota and Elisabet Terri additionally star.
For Pozo, who wrote and directed the movie primarily based on an thought by Rafael De Mateo, making “Plastic Killer” was a welcomed return to the director’s chair.
“I’ve spent a lot of the previous couple of years as a producer, mainly for different administrators’ tasks,” Pozo instructed Selection. “I had the necessity to shoot as an auteur, and though I had beforehand directed 4 function movies, I wished to shoot one thing highly effective, completely different from every little thing I had accomplished earlier than.”
Pozo got here throughout the story thought and located inspiration within the idea itself. “I instantly imagined the universe that may very well be created via it: The lady residing alone with the plastic bag, a real reflection of the loneliness wherein many individuals are pressured to outlive with out affection; the hypocritical ecologist who makes her life unattainable for going purchasing with a polyethylene bag, however then makes use of all types of plastic equipment; the inspector with uncommon ailments, which hinder his perception.
“All this instructed in the important thing of black comedy, the place the conditions are those that generate humor, however the interpretations are stable and dramatic. For me, that is the important thing to its success.”
In skewering the hypocrisy of some environmentalists, Pozo can be holding up a mirror to society.
“I imagine that on this matter we people act with hypocrisy basically. Most of us attempt to be at peace with this in any other case very needed environmental motion. We recycle at any time when we will, and we don’t throw something on the bottom that might find yourself in our rivers or our seas. However for some cause thousands and thousands of metric tons find yourself littering them, and plastics don’t stroll on their very own; it takes human interplay.
“That is the message of ‘Plastic Killer.’ The issue just isn’t the era of plastics, it’s the misuse by people.”
“Plastic Killer” was produced by Imminent Produccions and Arlong Productions.
Having additionally directed animated options, such because the Goya-winning “El Cid: La Leyenda” (2003) and “Donkey Xote” (2007), Pozo has one other animated mission within the works however is presently specializing in live-action.
Engaged on narrative options, he added, is way more private than animation: it affords “tangible contact with actors and movie crews, the place you possibly can transmit and work together extra successfully. I really feel extra snug with this.”