Friday, October 9, 2009

Lensing Has Begun on the Guillermo del Toro Produced Thriller 'Julia's Eyes' (Los ojos de Julia)

Variety reports Barcelona's Rodar y Rodar has just started principal photography on Guillem Morales' $10 million thriller Julia's Eyes (Los ojos de Julia) which is produced by Joaquin Padro, Mar Targarona and Guillermo del Toro and financed by Rodar, Focus Features Intl., Spanish broadcasters Antena 3 and TV3 and Catalan state investment org Messfilms.

Guillermo del Toro (top), with Belén Rueda & Lluis Homar

Belén Rueda (The Orphanage) and Lluis Homar (Broken Embraces) star in the psychological thriller.

Julia returns to Bellevue with her husband to visit her sister Sarah, who is near blind due to a degenerative illness for which she has unsuccessfully undergone surgery. When they arrive, Julia finds that Sarah has taken her own life and none of her mysterious neighbors seem to be all that surprised. Julia has to confront not only the loss of her sister, but also the loss of all hope halting her own impending blindness, as she suffers from the same illness and would appear to be destined for the same end as her sister.

Alternate synopsis: The film tells the story of a woman slowly going blind as she investigates the mysterious death of her twin sister. "Eyes" is shot from Julia's POV, so the scare tactics include panic attacks as the protag's sight fails.

Says [producer] Padro, "The thriller's an excuse to talk about a woman who overcomes her limitations; it's a journey of self-discovery."

"Julia's Eyes" reps a re-teaming of del Toro with Focus. The filmmaker's shingle Cha Cha Cha, which he founded along with fellow Mexicans Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, has a five picture deal with Focus.

"Eyes" is set for a 2010 Spanish release date. No word on North American release dates yet.


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