Be For Films has acquired Laura Ferrés’ The Enduring Image. The deal was announced two weeks before the films premiered in Malaga WIP where it was ranked as the section’s most sought-after title.
The debut follows Ferrés’ success in a short film, The Disinherited, which won the 2017 Cannes Critics’ Week Leica Cine Discovery Award, as well as snatching Goya and Gaudi gongs. It depicts the director’s father reluctantly facing the end of the family business.
The movie “The Permanent Picture” is produced by the Spanish company Fasten Films, in collaboration with Le Bureau (France) and Volta Production (Spain).
choose them diverse As a Spanish talent tracing, Ferris studied at the prestigious Escac Film School in Barcelona. Part of the inspiration for this film, though not autobiographical, stems from the director’s years working as a director in the advertising sector.
Ferris wrote the film in collaboration with acclaimed Spanish author Carlos Vermut, whose “Magical Girl” won the 2014 San Sebastian Golden Title, and Ulysses Pura, winner of San Sebastian’s prestigious New Directors Award in 2021 for “Carajita.”
“The Permanent Picture” depicts the scene in rural southern Spain, where Antonia, a teenage mother, disappears in the middle of the night, leaving her child behind. Fifty years later and much further north, Carmen, an introverted selection manager, seeks to share with people their experiences of arriving in a new city. Through this search, Carmen meets Antonia, whose impulsiveness will intrude on her loneliness. The Catalan director describes the film as a “frustrating comedy”.
Her debut benefited from development in the Next Step programme, a workshop set up by Cannes Critics Week, TorinoFilmLab, and the Moulin d’Ande Screenwriting Support Program.
Pamela Liu of Brussels-based Be For Films said of the acquisition: “We are very proud to welcome a first-time director from Spain under our umbrella. We found a promising, ambitious script with a special tone and sense of humor that we loved. We are eager to bring him and the producers to the festivals in the coming months.”
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