Writers: Manuel Martín Cuenca, Alejandro Hernández (Novel by: Javier Cercas)
Music: José Luis Perales, Pablo Perales Carrasco
Cast: Javier Gutiérrez, Antonio de la Torre, Adelfa Calvo, María León, Adriana Paz, Tenoch Huerta, Rafael Téllez, Craig Stevenson, Miguel Ángel Luque, Carmelo Muñoz Adame, Domi del Postigo
Production: Coproduction Spain-Mexico. Icónica Producciones / Lazonafilms / La Loma Blanca PC / Alebrije Cine y Video / Canal Sur / Junta de Andalucía / Lazona Producciones / Televisión Española (TVE) / ICAA
Álvaro is a man from Sevilla. Poor and clumsy, without imagination and inspiration to write, he works as accountant in a notary and he is married with Amanda, who unexpectedly became famous after to write her first novel. Dreaming with to make the great novel of all times and surpass Amanda, Álvaro goes to night class of literature, asking help to the teacher José in order to find the keys to make it. After discovering Amanda being unfaithful with another man, Álvaro is suggested by his boss Don Alfonso to make a little vacations. Moving to a new building, Álvaro passes the days trying to write in an insistently and obsessively way, with any success.
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The rain caused quite a few problems during the shooting, which took place between the end of September and the beginning of November 2016. To the extent that it was necessary to make several changes in the work schedule. Specifically, the scene under the Triana bridge had to be rescheduled twice because of the rain.
‘El autor’ was the film that received more nominations (8) to the 2018 Feroz Awards and the third one with more nominations (9) to the 2018 Goya Awards.
When the crew was searching for locations, specifically for a karaoke bar, the film director himself, Manuel Martín Cuenca, ended up ‘making a (singing) scene’ and staged a memorable performance by singing ‘Se me enamora el alma’ by Isabel Pantoja.
The shooting in Mercado de la Carne took place just before the building was renovated, so they might be the last recorded images of the market in its former appearance.
The striking scene in which the character of Javier Gutiérrez in ‘El autor’ lays ‘everything’ on the table was made “very Spanish style”, according to the actor himself; they sawed up the legs of the table so he did not have to stand on tiptoe. The director of the film described this scene as “a mischief”.