PANAMA CITY - One of the U.S.'s major specialists in Spanish-language film distribution, Paul Hudson's Outsider Pictures will release David Trueba's Goya winner "Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed" in the U.S..
Deal was closed between 6 Sales CEO Marina Fuentes, "Living's" sale agent, and Hudson and announced at the Panama Festival, where Hudson presided the Meets industry jury.
Featuring an inspired lead performance by Javier Camara, - who starred in Pedro Almodovar's "Talk To Her" and "I'm So Excited" and is now recognized as one of the best Spanish actors of his generation - "Living Is Easy" swept February's 29th Spanish Academy Goya Awards, taking picture, director, original screenplay (Trueba), best actor (Camara), original score (U.S. jazz guitarist Pat Metheny) and breakthrough performance by an actress (Natalia de Molina).
The youngest of eight siblings, Trueba is one of Spain's young-ish directors who broke through in the '90s with the best sense of Spain's recent past, and a sympathy, seen in some of his best films, such as "Soldados de Salamina" and "Madrid 1987," for those who have born the brunt of history with humor, humanity and good grace.
Based on true events, "Living" turns on Antonio, a mild-mannered English-teacher who uses Beatles' lyrics in his classes. In Franco's 1966 Spain drives to Almeria in the hope of meeting his hero, John Lennon. The movie's title, comes from a line in Lennon's song, "Strawberry Fields," which he wrote while filming "How I Won the War" in Almeria.
Though he is a gentle man, Antonio stages his own act of rebellion against the Spain dictator Francisco Franco created, here represented by the local boors who taunt one of the runaways, a teenage boy fleeing home after his father takes exception to his Beatles haircut (another true event, suffered by one of Trueba's brothers).
Antonio also offers much-needed human warmth to the other runaway, a pregnant 20-year-old returning to her family in supposed disgrace.
Laced with humor, and suggesting Trueba's knack of dealing with large issue with a deft touch, "Living Is Easy" also channels the narrative thrust of Westerns: "A solitary plainsman helps some strangers, at the end leaves on his own," Trueba observed in Panama, where "Living Is Easy" was nominated for four major Platino Ibero-American Film Awards.
Produced by Cristina Huete for Fernando Trueba P.C., "Living" also won Palms Springs Festival's Cine Latino Award, beating out some of the most notable movies of 2013 including "Gloria," "Heli," "The German Doctor" and "La jaula de oro."
"Living Is Easy' is a wonderful film anchored by a fantastic performance by Javier Camara and we are delighted to be handling the release of the film," said Hudson.
"We love working with Outsider. Their market knowledge when it comes to releasing a film in Spanish, whether Spanish or Latin American, is outstanding. They are thorough and work every important market to find the audience that is looking for films like this one," Fuentes added.
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