Dark Star, Lighthouse Take North America, Germany on ‘The Elderly’


Dark Star closed North America on the Spanish horror film “The Elderly” (“Los viejos”) which had its world premiere at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal, winning Zorion Eguile or best actor for what Variety called his “disturbing but strangely touching turn”.

Directed by Raul Cerezo and Fernando González Gómez, “The Elderly” went on to screen at Fantastic Fest in Austin and the Sitges Film Festival in Spain, completing a prestigious treble.

In other sales, Lighthouse took on German-speaking Europe, while Creative Century acquired the rights for Taiwan.

The film stars Eguileor, memorable in the Netflix mega hit “Platform”, as well as Gustavo Salmeron (“Many Children”, “A Monkey and a Castle”), Paula Gallego (“The Passenger”) and Irene Anula (“Vampire”). It is produced by Jose Luis Rancaño of Persons Films and Mamen Espinosa of La Dalia Films.

“The Elderly” tells the story of an 80-year-old man, Manuel, who begins to suffer from what appears to be dementia following the suicide of his wife, Rosa. Mario, his son, decides to bring his father to live with his family, despite the opposition of his pregnant wife.

The family’s new arrangement will continue to deteriorate with a series of paranormal events that put the family in danger, until it reaches boiling point on the hottest night of the century.

Old people
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“‘Viejos’ was born out of this feeling that we broke too many ties [with nature]. I believe that we humans go through life forgetting many things and we keep moving forward, stepping on everything and everyone, without fear of anything,” said González Gómez. Variety. “By the time we reach old age and reflect, it’s already too late,” he added.

“‘The Elderly’ has an extraordinary international track record, having been selected for some of the most prestigious international genre festivals,” said Ivan Diaz, International Head of Filmax.

“We are delighted with this and the reaction of our customers to the film, which has attracted a lot of attention. Genre movies always work well for us, but this one, in addition to being entertaining and featuring all the usual and key elements of a horror movie, also allows the viewer to think about the role we play in as a society to the older among us,” he said. added.

The finished film was shown to buyers at this year’s American Film Market, which runs from November 1-6.

Filmax took over the film’s worldwide sales in May, introducing buyers to the Cannes Film Market.

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