Filmax, a notable film company, has recently taken on The Monster of Many Noses, an intriguing debut feature by Barcelona’s Abigail Schaaff. This film uniquely mixes fantasy with local traditions, touching upon significant social themes.
The Movie is set to be showcased at the American Film Market, where the first glimpses will be revealed. The story, rooted in the 1960s, draws connections to the 1930s — a tumultuous era of the Spanish Civil War, a topic often not discussed openly in Spain’s journey to democracy in the 1970s. Set in a quaint mountain village in 1968, the plot revolves around three kids trying to avoid a mythical creature from Catalan folklore known as the Man of Many Noses. This creature is said to hunt children who lie excessively on the year’s final day. However, the children aren’t the only ones wary of him, as deceitful tales from the past also attract his attention.
Schaaff comments on the Movie’s exploration of truth versus legend, questioning at what point reality gets transformed into myth. Producer Nuria Velasco highlights the Movie’s ability to resurrect local culture and legends through a captivating fantasy storyline.
Scripted by Eric Moral and Velasco, who previously worked on the TV3 series “Buga Buga,” the film features actors Pablo Derqui and Ivan Benet, supported by an impressive cast.
Production involves several notable companies: Barcelona’s Aguacate & Calabaza Films, led by Jorge Velasco of Buga Buga; Turanga movie from Madrid-Valencia, known for projects like The Innocence and Rosa’s Wedding; and Inaudita from Valencia.
The movie’s filming locations in rural Catalonia are visually breathtaking, including Mura village, Sant Julià d’Uixols de Castellterçol chapel, the Riudarenes cave, and the Roman bridge and forest of Gualba. Also featured is the Can Plantada estate in L’Ametlla del Vallès.
Schaaff has gained recognition directing various high-profile Spanish TV shows like The Ministry of Time and Cuéntame. Ivan Díaz of Filmax believes the Movie holds significant promise. He points out that the effective strategy of taking a well-known Catalan legend and turning it into a genre story has broad appeal.