Tuesday, September 10, 2013

PEOPLE IN PLACES: Profiles Of Actors Eduard Fernández, Rául Arévalo, and Santiago Segura

People In Places is an off-kilter comedy from writer, director, and cinematographer Juan Cavasteny that's screening as part of the Festival's Vanguard Programme.

We thought we'd take a closer look at three of the actors in the film: Eduard Fernández, Rául Arévalo, and Santiago Segura.

Eduard Fernández worked on TV for about 15 years before transitioning to film. It was a good move on his part because he soon snagged two Goya awards. One was for Fausto 5.0 in 2001, a retelling of Faust involving a doctor and someone who may or may not have been a former patient. The other was for the urban melodrama En la ciudad in 2003.

You may have seen Fernández in other films such as Alejandro González Iñárritu's film Biutiful (along with Javier Bardem) in 2010 as well as Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In from 2011. 

Rául Arévalo also started his career on TV, appearing as Carlos Medina in two seasons of the high school drama Compañeros. In 2006, he portrayed Israel in Azuloscurocasinegro (Dark Blue Almost Black), which was nominated for and won a lot of awards, including one from the Spanish Actors Union for Arévalo himself as "Best Newcomer." That same year he also appeared in the Antonio Banderas-directed Summer Rain. More recently he's appeared in Almodóvar's 2013 film I'm So Excited.

 Santiago Segura has been in every Alex de la Iglesia film (this director's Witching and Bitching is playing at Midnight Madness this year), which is pretty impressive.

It was de la Iglesia's 1995 film The Day of the Beast (El día de la Bestia) that made Segura famous. He plays a death metal salesman (!) who is involved in a plot--along with the Italian host of a TV show about the occult and a Catholic priest--to kill the Antichrist.

Hilariously, in order to finance his own directorial efforts, Segura has appeared on TV game and quiz shows. One of these was 1998's Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley that Segura wrote, directed, and starred in. He plays a degenerate cop who busts a drug ring. This film spawned three sequels and a video game (the second sequel became the highest grossing Spanish film of all time). 

When you go see People In Places--and we know you will--keep your eyes peeled for these three very different, yet talented and interesting, Spanish actors.

PEOPLE IN PLACES Screening Times:
Friday, Sept 6th, 7:15 PM TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX 3
Saturday, Sept 7th, 4:30 PM SCOTIABANK 9
Friday, Sept 13th, 9:00 PM SCOTIABANK 4

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