Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo is the man responsible for the truly dazzling time travel headfuck, Timecrimes. He has also directed the yet to be released in the UK sci-fi Extraterrestrial and has also directed a segment for both The ABC’s of Death and The Profane Exhibit. Now the director has made the jump to an English language film with his latest work of brilliance, Open Windows.
The director has bagged himself an impressive cast too, including current horror golden boy Elijah Wood (who is also producing), Kill List’s Neil Maskell and porn star Sasha Grey. The film is presented in real time, and watches as Wood’s character searches for his missing girlfriend on-line, and Neil Maskell plays the villain who has abducted her. The film will no doubt be terrific, and a brief report was aired on Spanish TV this week. Sadly the majority of the report is in Spanish, but we do get a few teases of the film, with some stunning looking scenes and bizarre special effects. Check out the video after some further information on the film.
Wild Bunch is co-producing with Madrid based Enrique Lopez Lavigne and Belen Ateinza’s Apache’s Entertainment and Antena 3 Film, and sales are being launched at this weeks AFM. Elijah Wood’s production company Woodshed, Basque broadcaster ETB, and Canal Plus are associated partners.
“Open Windows develops in real time, delivering 90 minutes of suspense in a tense, fast-paced, high-tech thriller with action and terror, updating the key elements of 70s paranoid thrillers through today’s computer and online environment,” said Wild Bunch sales chief Vincent Maraval.
The plot revolves around a desperate search by Wood’s character for an actress, played by The Girlfriend Experience lead Sasha Grey, who has been abducted by vicious villain Chord, played by British actor Neil Maskell.
Director Vigalondo said of the film:
“Just as in Brian De Palma’s Blow Out, the girl is captured. The hero will have to use every means at his disposal to discover where she is and rescue her from the villain before its too late,” said Vigalondo. “The action will be followed on the screen of a laptop connected to the Internet – an approach that has excited us all from the outset. Something like this means going beyond high concept films like Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield or Chronicle,” he continued. “Instead of simulating a home video camera, we will be representing a computer desktop. The movie screen becomes a computer screen, and the spectator becomes the protagonist of this adventure.”
Elijah Wood went on to speak about working with Vigalondo:
“I’ve wanted to work with Nacho since I first saw Timecrimes and his incredible short films,” said Wood. “We got to know one another at Fantastic Fest in Austin, and when he approached me with this project, truly one of the most unique and exciting films I’ve ever encountered, I leapt at the chance to be a part of it.”
Spanish producer Lavigne revealed the production would use 12 different types of camera, including webcams, head cameras, tablets, mobile phones, 3D mapping cameras as well as security and satellite cameras to shoot the multi-format picture.
“Open Windows is full of twists, but it’s essentially a 90-minute chase, a continuous climax with unrelenting tension… it is also a powerful viral tool, with a wide potential for different audiences,” he said.
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