The San Sebastian Festival will open its 70th edition with Model 77the new film directed by Alberto Rodriguez and co-written with Rafael Cobos. The film will have its gala screening on September 16 at the Kursaal Auditorium, which will mean its world premiere, an honor that very few Spanish directors have achieved in the Festival’s recent history.
With the premiere of Model 77 the successful relationship between Alberto Rodríguez and the prestigious event, which began in 2000 with his first film, is strengthened. The Pilgrim Factor, for which he received, together with Santi Amodeo, a Special Mention from the New Directors Jury. In 2005 he competed with 7 virginsby which John Joseph Ballesta He got the Silver Shell for best actor. The same award he received in 2014 Javier Gutierrez for his character in the minimal island, which was also recognized with the award for best photography. In 2016 she returned to the Official Section contest with the man of the thousand facesby which Edward Fernandez He won the Silver Shell for best actor. And in 2017 he presented The Plaguewhich became the first series to participate in the Official Selection and was screened at the Kursaal Auditorium.
the title of the film, Model 77, refers to the mythical Barcelona prison and the year in which the real events that inspired this exciting story of friendship, justice and solidarity take place. The cast is made up of Miguel Herrán, Javier Gutiérrez, Jesus Carroza, Fernando Tejero, Catalina Sopelana y Xavi Sáez. they complete it Alfonso Lara, Javier Lago, Victor Castilla, Iñigo Aranburu, Iñigo de la Iglesia y Xavier Beltran.
Model 77 is a co-production of Movistar Plus+ y Atípica Films which will hit theaters on September 23, 2022 distributed by Buena Vista International.
The film takes us to the Model Prison. Barcelona 1977. Manuel (Miguel Herran), a young accountant, imprisoned and awaiting trial for committing embezzlement, faces a possible sentence of between 6 and 8 years, a disproportionate punishment for the crime committed. Soon, together with his cellmate, Pino (Javier Gutierrez), joins COPEL, a group of prisoners that will fight for the rights of common prisoners and amnesty. A war for freedom begins that will shake the Spanish prison system. If things are changing outside, they will have to change inside too. It is a story of friendship, solidarity and freedom, inspired by real events
for the principal Alberto Rodriguez: «Model 77 It is a film about justice and friendship. On prison and society. It’s probably the movie we’ve been chasing the longest. We started thinking about this story many years ago and we have finally managed to produce it. It makes me very happy to premiere it at this festival where the films we have made have always been so well received.»
In the words of José Antonio Félezproducer of Atípica Films: «Our relationship with the San Sebastian Festival has been long and fruitful. We are very satisfied that Model 77 has been the film chosen to open this year’s edition. We really want the public to see it.”says.
In the words of Sunday Runl, Director of Original Production of Movistar Plus+: “It is an honor to be able to open the San Sebastian Festival with Model 77. It is the best recognition for the film, for its director Alberto Rodríguez and also for Movistar Plus+’s film production strategy, always committed to quality cinema and to the public”.