Los renglones torcidos de Dios is nearing the end of post-production

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– Oriol Paulo’s new release is a film adaptation of Torcuato Luca de Tena’s novel, starring Bárbara Lennie as a woman who sneaks into a psychiatric hospital

Actress Bárbara Lennie and director Oriol Paulo during the filming of Los renglones torcidos de Dios

Last summer, Oriol Paulo (The body [+see also:
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, Mirage [+see also:
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) spent nine weeks in Tarragona and Barcelona to film an adaptation of one of the best-known novels in Spanish literature: Los renglones torcidos de Dios (bed. “The crooked lines of God”), which was published in 1979 by Torcuato Luca de Tena. The filmmaker is betting on the actress again Barbara Lennie as its protagonist (after doing the same for The invisible guest [+see also:
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, which was a box office success in China, where it earned 25 million euros, while in Spain it collected only 3.6 million euros; it even had an Italian remake, titled The invisible witness [+see also:
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, helmed by Stefano Mordini). She slips into the skin of the enigmatic Alice Gould, while Eduard Fernandez plays Samuel Alvar, the head of the sanatorium she sneaks into.

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The cast of the film, which is currently in the final stages of editing and post-production, is completed by well-known personalities such as Loreto Mauleon (winner of a Platino Award for her magnificent and unforgettable appearance in the series Country [+see also:
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), Javier Beltran (border laws [+see also:
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), Pablo Derqui (seen recently in To do), Fede Aguado (Plague [+see also:
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) and Adelfa Calvo (seen earlier this year in Parallel mothers [+see also:
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).

The story introduces us to Alice, a private detective who navigates her way through a mental hospital feigning paranoia. She hopes to be able to gather evidence for the case she is working on: the death of an inmate in obscure circumstances. However, the reality she faces during her stay will exceed her expectations and make her doubt her own sanity, as an unknown and exciting world will open before her eyes, and the course of events will transform her from a detective. as a suspect in a treasure hunt, in which nothing is as it seems.

The script for the film was written by Oriol with the playwright and screenwriter Guillem Clua, winner of the 2020 National Prize for Dramatic Literature: they thus reconnected after co-writing the mini-series the innocent. In the words of the Catalan director, “Los renglones torcidos de Dios was without a doubt my most thrilling and brutal shoot to date: a journey outside of my comfort zone. And being able to work with this cast led by Bárbara and Eduard has been a gift.

In terms of the film’s production process, a particular challenge to highlight was the task of simulating a 1970s sanatorium, inside which the crew could rotate freely. And so a 3,800 m2 was built in the former Mercedes factory in Barcelona, ​​which required more than 8,600 hours of construction work.

Los renglones torcidos de Dios is a production of Nostromo Pictures, Atresmedia Cine and Filmayer. Warner Bros. Pictures Spain will be in charge of distributing the film in Spanish theaters, most likely in the fall of 2022.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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