Filmax, one of Spain's foremost entertainment companies based in Barcelona has set its next genre production, El Nido, the third fiction feature directed by Hugo Stuven following Solo and English-language Anomalous.
The film is a psychological thriller feature. El Nido (which translates to ‘the nest’) tells the story of Marta, who is obsessed with protecting her family from the terrifying outside world and keeps her mother and her young son locked in their home. Everything seems peaceful until, one day, a man arrives, looking to destroy everything Marta has built.
Per our sister site Screen Daily, shooting is scheduled for late 2023, and casting details will be announced in due course.
Currently at San Sebastian, Spanish sales, distribution, exhibition and production outfit Filmax celebrates its 70th anniversary with 16 titles in different stages from advanced development to pre-production. As well as the company’s flagship genre titles, the slate also includes animated films, comedies, romcoms, social dramas and TV series.
Speaking about the outfit's longevity, Filmax president Carlos Fernandez said: “There are no secrets. We always try to put soul in everything we do, you can call it determination. Looking back, I think we managed to anticipate in some cases and to adapt in others to the multiple market changes within the audiovisual sector. We went from being a local cinema distributor to becoming a producer of cinema and TV through a multiplicity of genres.”
Founded in 1953 by Turk Alfredo Talarewitz, former head of sales for Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), Filmax was specialised in the distribution of Hollywood films. After two years, it partnered with Balcázar Producciones Cinematográficas to make its first original productions.
“All our production has always had an international scope,” says Fernández. “We have become a company very open to the market and have agreements with most Spanish producers, sometimes doing local and/or international distribution and, in some cases, also co-producing.
“I think another value of Filmax is that we are a family business, which allows us to think long term.”