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Spanish director starts pre-production in argentina

Friday, January 10, 2014

Alex de la Iglesia to shoot Messi biopic

From left to right: Alex de la Iglesia, Jorge Valdano, and Leo Messi.
From left to right: Alex de la Iglesia, Jorge Valdano, and Leo Messi.
From left to right: Alex de la Iglesia, Jorge Valdano, and Leo Messi.

Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia, known for his outrageous, irreverent take on social mores, yesterday arrived to Rosario to start preproduction of a biopic about international soccer star Lionel Messi. The film’s screenplay will be developed by former footballer and coach Jorge Valdano in collaboration with other writers, sources close to the production company said. The film will be formatted as a documentary with dramatized scenes.

De la Iglesia visited Rosario to get in contact with the people who knew Messi during his childhood, people whose testimonies will probably be included in the biopic, an Argentine-Spanish co-production.

De la Iglesia, who burst on the international movie scene with El día de la bestia (1995), visited the places where Messi’s early years developed, including his family home, the primary school he attended, and the Newell’s Old Boys stadium, the club that saw him rise to international stardom.

Going further back in time, De la Iglesia also dropped by a small soccer pitch in southern Rosario neighbourhood of Grandoli, where Messi first played ball. De la Iglesia was scheduled to return to Spain last night.

De la Iglesia’s quick tour of Rosario locations included the Malvinas Argentinas sports club in the Parque Independencia, where part of Messi’s childhood will be recreated. The Spanish filmmaker, reportedly satisfied with his preliminary visit to Rosario, is scheduled to return between February 10 and 17, ready to shoot the Rosario footage and to get in touch with the press.

Herald with Telam, online media

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