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Organised in four different areas (production, distribution, international sales and exhibition), Filmax is nowadays one of the leading companies of the Spanish audiovisual sector.
Initially founded as a distributor in 1953, Filmax was acquired by Julio Fernández in 1987. Since then, the Barcelona-based company has produced more than 90 feature films; productions that have been awarded, acclaimed and projected internationally such as DARKNESS (Jaume Balagueró, 2002);THE MACHINIST (2004), with Christian Bale and directed by Brad Anderson; THE PERFUME (2006) a fantastical thriller directed by Tom Tykwer; the horror saga [REC] (2007 – 2014), directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza; TRANSSIBERIAN (Brad Anderson, 2008) with Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer; THE WAY (Emilio Estévez, 2009) a coproduction between Spain and the United States starring Martin Sheen; and SLEEP TIGHT (Jaume Balagueró, 2011), a thriller with Luis Tosar and Marta Etura.
More recently, Filmax has brought to the big screen the films 100 METRES (Marcel Barrena, 2016), an amazing story of a man fighting against all odds; the supernatural thriller MUSE (2017), directed by Jaume Balagueró and starring Elliot Cowan, Ana Ularu, Leonor Watling, Franka Potente, and Christopher Lloyd; CROSS THE LINE (2020) an electrifying thriller directed by David Victori and starring Mario Casas, who won the Goya Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film; the erotic comedy SWINGERS (Paco Caballero, 2021); and LEMON AND POPPY SEED CAKE, a drama directed by the acclaimed Benito Zambrano which was nominated to the Goya Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
For television, the company produced the series RED BRACELETS (2011, 28 x 42’, Televisió de Catalunya); DATES (2015, 26 x 45’, Televisió de Catalunya), I KNOW WHO YOU ARE (2017, 16 x 70’) – a gripping thriller broadcast nationally on prime-time by Telecinco
with excellent audience ratings that was also broadcast by BBC Four in the United Kingdom - and WELCOME TO THE FAMILY (2018 and 2019, 26 x 50’, Televisió de Catalunya). The series can also be seen on Netflix. The platform also commissioned the original mini-series THREE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS (2019, 3 x 60’) developed and produced, as all other Filmax’s television series, by showrunner Pau Freixas. The company’s latest television production EVERYONE LIES was broadcast on the platform Movistar + in January 2022.
Filmax also stands out for being one of the Spanish companies that has invested the most in animation, producing films such as SNOWFLAKE (Andrés G. Schaer, 2011), which mixed life action and animation; NOCTURNA (Víctor Maldonado and Adrián García, 2007); EL CID: THE LEGEND (José Pozo, 2003); and the two films which have as their protagonist the mouse Pérez: THE HAIRY TOOTH FAIRY (Juan Pablo Buscarini, 2006) and its sequel, directed by Andrés G. Schaer in 2007. The company also participated in the production of TURU, THE WACKY HEN, a new animation feature inspired by a famous children’s song, which was directed by Juan Pablo Buscarini and was released on January 1st 2020. The film won the Goya Award to Best Animated Feature.
LEMON AND POPPY SEED CAKE 2021
Genre: Feature Film - Drama
Director: Benito Zambrano
Screenplay: Benito Zambrano, Cristina Campos
Cast: Elia Galera, Eva Martin, Tommy Schlesser, Marilu Marini, Claudia Faci and Pere Arquillué
In a small town located in the island of Mallorca, Anna and Marina, two sisters who were separated when they were teenagers, meet again to sell a bakery they’ve inherited from a mysterious woman they know nothing about.
The two sisters have led very different lives. Anna has barely left the island and is unhappily married to a man she no longer loves. Marina travels the world working as a doctor for an NGO. As the sisters try to uncover the secrets hidden behind their enigmatic benefactor and her property, they are forced to confront old family disputes and make up for lost time.
EVERYONE LIES 2021
Genre: TV Series (6 x 45’) – Thriller / Mystery
Director: Pau Freixas
Screenplay: Clara Esparrach, Pau Freixas, Ivan Mercadé, Èric Navarro, Pol Cortecans, Natalia Durán, Eva Santolaria, Eduard Sola
Cast: Irene Arcos, Natalia Verbeke, Miren Ibarguren, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Juan Diego Botto, Ernesto Alterio, Eva
Santolaria, Amaia Salamanca and Jorge Bosch
Life in Belmonte - a luxury development on the outskirts of the city - seems idyllic; the rich inhabitants seem to have it all. However, that perfect environment will come crashing down when someone sends out to the world a video showing Macarena, a high school teacher, having sex with one of her students, who also happens to be her best friend’s son. From that moment on, all the neighbours will have to look at themselves in the mirror to face their miseries, confront their fears and fight to keep their secrets.
Genre: Feature Film – Comedy
Director: Paco Caballero
Screenplay: Eric Navarro, Eduard Sola, Daniel González, Paco Caballero
Cast: Ernesto Alterio, Raúl Arevalo, Luis Callejo, Anna Castillo, Pilar Castro, Alvaro Cervantes, Carlos Cuevas,
Verónica Echegui, Miki Esparbé, Ricardo Gómez, María León, Melina Matthews, Ana Milán, María Morales,
Jorge Suquet and Aixa Villagran.
A couple trapped in their routine, a young man disillusioned after his last relationship, a desperate girlfriend, two cousins who haven’t seen each other since that last summer in the village and a group of friends looking to experiment... Over the course of one night, they will find themselves in some of the craziest situations they could ever have imagined, finishing the party in the best possible way: very much together and totally confused!