Martín Cuenca

Almería · Granada · Sevilla

In the films by the director from Almería Manuel Martín Cuenca, the settings and the landscapes where the action takes place are not a mere set, but they help shaping and understanding the characters, add information to the story and help relating it. This is why it is especially significant that the Andalusian filmmaker has chosen to shoot in Andalusia his latest and most important films: ‘La mitad de Óscar’ (2010), in Almería; ‘Caníbal’ (2013), in Granada; and ‘El autor’ (2017), in Sevilla.

Anecdotes


El autor
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
‘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.

El autor
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.

El autor
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.

El autor
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”.

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