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Spanish mini-studio Filmax announced Thursday it will distribute Gonzalo Bendala‘s feature debut Innocent Killers in Spain and handle worldwide rights for the thriller, which is set to premiere in March at the Miami International Film Festival.
Spain’s most promising young sex symbols, Maxi Iglesias and Aura Garrido, are set to star in the film, with Luis Fernandez and Miguel Sola rounding out the cast.
Produced by Seville-based Aralan, the suspense drama is backed by pubcaster Television Espanola, the film institute ICAA and regional broadcaster Canal Sur.
Bendala’s directorial debut is Aralan’s follow-up to Patricia Ferreira‘s The Wild Children, which won best film and best screenplay at 2012’s 15th Malaga Spanish Film Festival.
Killers focuses on a university student (Iglesias) who receives a job offer to kill his psychology teacher (Sola). The twist is that the offer comes from the psychology teacher.
The story is inspired by a series of strange and unsuccessful attempts on the life of New York’s Michael Malloy, an ex-firefighter and legendary alcoholic.
The suspense film “echo[es] elements of Hitchcock,” says Aralan CEO Marta Velasco.
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